I’ve decided to do my own Tuesday Topics for now. I’m keeping it simple for December and focusing on four holiday topics each week until Christmas. Feel free to join me if you wish, I am not doing a link up, so I just ask if you do a post on any of these, just link back to me. Here are the themes I’ve chosen.
This week we’ll kick it off with Four Favorite Holiday Traditions! Here are the things I look forward to each year.
(1) Pick out a live tree and decorate it. We’ve only been doing live trees since Ollie was about two. We used to avoid them because of the cats. One year I’d just had enough of my ugly fake tree, so we decided to give it a try and now I’m never going back! Ollie loves choosing a tree, this year he kept saying he was picking the biggest and best tree ever! This year was also the first year he really got into helping put the ornaments on the tree. I love taking out the ornaments each year, it’s like saying hello to an old friend!
(2) Watching holiday movies and specials. I listed my favorite holiday movies a few weeks ago like Elf and Home Alone. I also love watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and a Muppet Family Christmas and all the old classic Christmas cartoons. And it’s pretty dorky, but I love watching Christmas episodes of my favorite shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, their Christmas episode is seriously one of my favorites. And there are a few good Friends episodes too (I’m the Holiday Armadillo! Santa’s part Jewish friend!) And Saturday Night Live has some epic Christmas sketches too (I’m most excited to share my Christmas balls with you.)
(3) Baking Christmas cookies. My mom and I make a tray of goodies for me to bring into work each year – and for us to enjoy as well of course! In a couple of weeks I’ll share a couple of my favorite recipes here. I bake a little on my own as well, I make gingersnaps each year. I’ll never forget the first year I made them, it had snowed and I wanted to bake but didn’t want to go to the store, so I looked at some recipes and figured out what I had ingrediants for and gingersnaps were the winner. Everyone has molasses in their cupboard on a regular basis right? Ha!
(4) Looking at Christmas lights. I love me some lights. We’re adding a bunch to our house this year and it makes me so happy. I love driving around and looking at lights while Christmas music is playing in the car. One of my favorite spots to go look at lights was in a park in St. Paul that unfortunately is not doing it any longer, so we’ll have to find a new spot. Ollie is also a pretty big fan of Christmas lights. We went up to Duluth and saw Bentleyville last year, but I don’t think we’ll make the trip this year. I’m sure we’ll find some good light displays somewhere though!
What are some of your holiday traditions? Come back next week when I’ll share three favorite Christmas songs!