December 11, 2014

Holiday Happenings

As I mentioned previously, I’m really focused on enjoying the holiday season this year. I’ve been doing my best to soak in the fun and festive aspects of the season…and what might that be you’re asking (or maybe not!)? Let’s see what I’ve been up to…


Baking: I love holiday treats. I have recipes that I make every year and I usually try to make at least one new treat each year. My go to’s are peanut butter cups, spice cookies, and mocha mint cookies. This year, I also added in Christmas cookie bars, which came to work with me for a coworkers birthday, and Chex Party Mix. I know, I know…you’re shocked that I’ve never made this delicious snack. In full disclosure, I’ve never made it because Mom has always made it and I was afraid to mess up something with fond memories/thoughts for me.  But my first batch was a great success and is rapidly disappearing.


Decorations: I don’t do anything too crazy around the house but decorating is another thing that I love. I have a small home and I usually try to switch up what I do each year. This year, I elected to overhaul my mantle d├ęcor and go a little simpler than usual. And I love the results! I have Clark Griswold aspirations for the exterior but sadly, I have a ways to go.



My 2014 runDisney Christmas tree
Parties: This upcoming weekend is partypalooza for me. Friday evening is an outing to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Saturday is the Army-Navy game and being that A is a West Point grad, I’ll be donning the black and gold and loudly rooting for Army. I’m also learning the traditions for this game like corn chowder…I’m still not sure I get it but as any good girlfriend does, I’m making it and hopping on the bandwagon for Saturday. On Saturday evening, a friend is hosting a cocktail party. And then Sunday, I’ll round out the weekend with an ornament exchange that a friend (with whom I swam in high school) is hosting. It should be awesome and I look forward to spending time with my favorites during this time of the season.


Gifts: I am proud to say that my Christmas shopping is D-O-N-E! I have purchased approximately 75% of my gifts online this year which has made life infinitely more simple. And I kind of love the stack of boxes at home each evening. I’m pretty sure the UPS man could navigate to my house in his sleep at this point!
Stepping Back: With all the pressure and hustle bustle, I'm making a concerted effort to step back. My new tradition is sitting on the couch and enjoying the soft glow of the Christmas tree...sometimes with a glass of wine and sometimes with my favorite nuun flavor. It's a nice way to unwind each day and take in the spirit of the season.


What is your favorite part of the holiday season?
{Christine}

27 comments:

  1. Good for you! I honestly feel like this Christmas season is going by in a blur for me! Between trying to train for Goofy (and not doing a very good job!) starting a new job and taking a class I haven't had any time to sit back and take it all in at all - I feel like Christmas is going to feel like just another random day off which I hate!

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    1. Try to set aside some time even if it's only a few min to listen to Christmas music in the evening or something like that. I'm not usually this festive!

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  2. All your baking looks delicious! And I love your decorations! Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! It's one of my favorite times of year too :)

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  3. I am SO far behind this year on christmas stuff. I have my tree up but still no decorations outside. I'm a bit behind on the shopping too. This is SO NOT like me!
    Glad to see you have your Summer Sanders photo framed! -M

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    1. If I had to guess, you're usually super organized about the holidays I bet! You still have a few weeks...you're good! :)

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  4. I wish I was done and could step back. My hope is to finish this weekend so I have a full week to do nothing but kick back. I love Christmas snacks and yours look yummy!

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    1. It's been nice to get the major things done early this year. I'm not usually done my shopping this early.

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  5. I'm so jealous of all the baking that you've been able to do! We have been so busy, that we have yet to put up the tree, decorate the house, or do any baking. Have fun at Christmas Town tomorrow. We went last Saturday, and even with it raining had a blast!

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    1. I'm so excited for Christmas town! Every year I've wanted to go and it's never happened. Plus I've heard nothing but glowing reviews.

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  6. Your house looks so darn cozy! Might I suggest a Christmas bandanna for the pooch? Then again, it may just disappear in all that wonderful fur!

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    1. Aw thanks! She has a Christmas collar but you can't see it with all her fur! :)

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  7. That Old English Sheepdog (I assume?) of yours invariably kills me with his cuteness!

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    1. Yes, old English sheepdog. She's quite a character! :)

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  8. There is nothing better than sitting on the couch with nothing but the glow of the lights from the Christmas tree. Seriously, I would keep it up all year if I could, it is the one thing that is so relaxing to me.

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    1. I'm with you on that 100%! I love a Christmas tree :)

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  9. I really love the pin Christmas tree :).

    My husband baked a cheesecake. I would do more baking, but I don't really have anywhere to take the goodies since I work at my house and my husband only has like, 4 coworkers, at his job. I'm going to a Christmas party on Sunday so I may bake something to take there!

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    1. The pin tree is one of my favorites. Mm cheesecake! You have an impressive husband if he's baking cheesecake!

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  10. Love your run disney tree!! Are those your medals or copies or what? Too cute!

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    1. They're the race pins and they're attached to ribbon to form a loop so they can hang like an ornament. This was moms idea a few years ago and I love it!

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  11. I love how you get REAL Christmas time fire place and all! We have one...in Florida lol not sure why

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    1. I never really used my fireplace until there was a guy around who knew what he was doing with it. ;)

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  12. I LOVE the mantle decorations.

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    1. Thanks Abby! Even though it's really simple, I like the way it came together

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  13. love your decorations. i'm chilling with a glass of nuun flavored water right now :) we're finally getting our tree this weekend and i'm SO excited!

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  14. Your decorations look beautiful! I love the idea of an ornament exchange. One of my favorite activities is baking - just made some sugar cinnamon cookies for an office potluck.

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  15. GAH! Army Navy?! I wish I knew you were going! We bailed on tickets this year. Wahhhhh!!! Have fun and don't forget to bundle up!

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