IT’S FINALLY HERE!
It seems like December flew by, yet Christmas always seemed so far away. Now that the big guy is coming tonight to leave presents under the tree, I’m a bit sad to see it go. I go through this every single year! Maybe this year will be different since I’m hosting New Year’s Eve for my family and friends; I CANNOT wait! I’m hoping the anticipation of my favorite day of the year will help me be less sad when I’m taking down the tree. Do you leave your tree up until New Year’s Day? I’ve always taken mine down a day or two after Christmas. I love cleaning the house really thoroughly after pine needles have coated every surface for the past month.
CONFESSIONS OF A BAD ELF
When I sit back and reflect on my Christmas activity through the month of December, I feel a little guilty. There are so many things that I didn’t do! Between work travel, weekend commitments, and holiday hustle, I barely had time to online shop. We didn’t even go see SANTA for crying out loud! I didn’t make cookies, put lights on the outside of my house, or even put up the kid’s advent calendar! Also, my Christmas cards that I spent two hours writing out are still sitting on my nightstand waiting to be stuffed with that special family portrait that I never got around to taking…such a bad elf.
But you know what we did do? We spent lots of quality time with our friends and family. We went to look at Christmas lights several times, and soaked it all in with Laila and Carson. We snuggled up on the couch and watched Home Alone approximately 575 times and every other Christmas movie you could think of. And we took time to relax and unwind with each other after busy days running around doing last minute Christmas errands. Plus the kids got to decorate the odd gingerbread house here and there. All in all, I’m not going to lose sleep over what I didn’t accomplish this Christmas; I’m going to cozy up with my children and husband, and I’m going to be happy and thankful for the amazing month that we just whirlwind blew through.
Merry Christmas friends (and Happy Hanukkah at sundown tonight!) I hope your day is merry and bright!
Oh Halloween, perhaps the most fun holiday of them all!
I’ve always tried to focus on my kids during the holidays, and making them enjoyable for them too. Michael and I strive to create holiday traditions that we can repeat with Laila and Carson each year. Let me tell you, the older they get, the more fun the holidays are! For instance, Carson is turning 4 in a few weeks and he has been talking about his birthday party since JANUARY. I’m so glad that he is finally at the age to enjoy things. He also won’t shut up about Santa and asks me every week is Christmas is tomorrow, so there’s that. I’m excited for Christmas too Buddy!
I found this adorable Halloween advent calendar from Pottery Barn Kids a few years ago and I have the best time each year coming up with daily activities for it! October 1st is always “Decorate the house for Halloween” which we do together while watching Hocus Pocus (my favorite Halloween movie) and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! (my second favorite Halloween movie). Sometimes I’ll play fun Halloween music while we do this, the kids love this day of the year!
The best part about this calendar is that it helps to make each day special in October, my favorite month of the year. I never spend a ton of money on goodies for this, mostly thanks to Target’s dollar section. (seriously, how can you not buy 3 of everything, it’s all amazing!) We don’t buy candy for the house typically, so the kids love when they get a card that says “Pick a piece of candy!”. I put about 6 of those in there, along with a few that say “Make Hot Cocoa”. I buy the cute little individual hot chocolate stirs to make it seem extra special, which they LOVE! Bonus, they’re super inexpensive at Target! I lurk around Target in September just waiting for the Halloween isle to go up and then I raid it…Target is my drug of choice! I also pick up all kinds of little coloring books and pencils, painting or coloring kits, pumpkin face kits, etc.
Yes I know, they are way too blonde to look anything like me!
These kids love crafts more than ANYTHING!
A few of the cards will say “Read a Halloween book as a family tonight” or “Watch a Halloween movie in Mommy and Daddy’s room!”…you get the picture! My favorite one every year is always “Go to the PUMPKIN PATCH!!!” although in Florida, we don’t have that many great ones! It’s way too hot here for all the good holiday stuff, but hey-at least we can go to the beach in December! Anywho, this is just another fun way of making Halloween last all month long, and what is better than a month long festive fest??