This Christmas is a first for me. I decided, along with my best friend, that we would not be putting up decorations or exchanging gifts. The only thing we are doing is hosting dinner at the house. I admit that it feels odd. There are many reasons that this decision was made on my part. To be honest, we didn’t celebrate any holidays in my house this year. I did cook for Thanksgiving, but I spent that holiday alone. I spent the day eating and hanging out in my pajamas. It was good, but Christmas is different.
I love Christmas! It is my favorite time of the year. I think that the majority of people are really happy around this time. At least that has been my experience. There is always a little extra joy in the air. The Christmas carols, movies and just overall cheer puts almost everyone in a good mood.
I also admit that this time of the year can be very overwhelming for people who just feel that there is to much to do. The shopping, food preparing, decorating, and schedule juggling can be daunting. I get it. I’m fortunate..or unfortunate to some…to not have much immediate family (husband, children, parents). Because of this, I don’t have much juggling but I do have all of the other things to contend with. My overall thoughts are Christmas is what you make it.
Christmas is, after all, the celebration of the birth of Christ. All of the other stuff is just extra. No one needs to go out and buy a ton of gifts or have an extravagant dinner. So whenever people say..the holiday has become so commercial, I think ‘It doesn’t have to be.’ Everyone needs to create their own thing and give their own spin to celebrating. They should make it what they want or feel that is should be.
This year, I’ve decided to just do dinner. No need to buy me any gifts. I’m giving love on Christmas day…as the song says. That being said, I kind of missed the hustle and bustle. I probably will be putting a little gift giving back into the plans next year and I definitely will be decorating. I miss my tree. I can’t wait for it to appear next year. You can check out my tree in previous years blog posts though if you want. I normally put up two trees a year..my office tree and my tree at home. It used to be three when my mom was alive. This year, I only put up the office tree but I miss my home tree filled with my ornaments that have been accumulated over the years. So, yes it has been an unconventional Christmas for me but I think I needed the little reset.
Merry Christmas to everyone who has taken time out of their schedules to read this blog. I appreciate it very much that you have spent a moment of your time reading my scattered thoughts. I look forward to sharing more with you next year. The photo above are just a few of the favorites on my tree. The pine cone is over 30 years old. I know that people now purchase these in stores, but the ones on my tree actually belonged to my grandmother. My mom and her siblings actually went outside and scrounged these up and painted them as part of their decorations. Yes…this was back when kids still strung popcorn and handmade ornaments. I also still have a handmade one (not pictured). Sometimes, the simplest thing can make the holiday that much more special.
As in the past years since the Hallmark Channel has started the Countdown to Christmas, this station keeps the holiday spirit alive and well. I always plan to do a top ten new movies on the channel, so I will have to try harder to do that this year.
But what I want to say is, mushiness aside, the movies are wonderful.
I remember my first Christmas in Georgia about 18 years ago. I had just started working for a temp agency after two months of interviewing for jobs with no luck. I finally received my first check and I was so excited. While riding in my car listening to Christmas music on the radio, I looked over to the car next to me. The lady on the passenger side in the car beside me and I made eye contact and were both singing Have a holly jolly Christmas. We laughed and started singing loudly while dancing in our seats. Welcome to the South! That’s probably the moment I realized that I had made the right move. (Still a northerner at heart though). I think her husband (atleast that is who I assume the driver was) might have thought we both had lost our mind because he was laughing at us. #holidaycheer
As I have been enjoying watching all of the holiday movies recently, I decided to actually write down my favorite movies to watch during this time. I determine my favorites by having the ability to watch them over and over. I think I will have to make a separate list for my favorites on the Hallmark Channel because if you have read my page for a while, then you will know that is what is consuming all of my time for the past two months. 🙂
1. Elf – I absolutely love this movie. As far as Christmas movies, this is the most recently made holiday movie that was actually so good and unique.
2. Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version) – Mara Wilson is such a cute little girl in this movie, and Richard Attenborough plays the best Santa! Then of course, there is the bonus of staring at the beautiful Dylan McDermott for the entire movie.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – The squirrel in the tree gets me every single time. I often have to pause the movie to finish laughing before I can continue.
4. The Holiday – Of course there would have to be a romantic one in there. I don’t think this one is that popular, but I have to pop this DVD in every Christmas. I love it.
These are the movies on repeat at my house during the holidays in between the Hallmark movies. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
As I sit here thinking about what a nice holiday today was, I have had the great privilege of watching some of my favorite Christmas movies. This morning I watched Elf, which is the most current movie that has quickly become one of my favorites. Right now, I am watching the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street. I BELIEVE! 🙂 As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love the holiday season. It gives me a lot of time to reflect on the things that I have accomplished this year, and unfortunately many things that I have not. Well, those things will continue to be on my list for next year. I hope that you all have had a wonderful holiday and day of reflection, and time spent with your families.
What an exciting night it was. This was the first year that I have ever gone to the mall on Black Friday. Normally, when I shop on the day after Thanksgiving, I go to outlying stores to peruse and see if I can find a good deal on stocking stuffers. This year, I decided to go all out. I left the house at 10pm on Thursday night to stand in the line at Belk with the hopes of winning a $1000 gift card! It was cold, not not unbearable. I am in Georgia, after all. Belk was giving away gift cards to the first 250 customers. When I pulled up, I saw the line wrapped around the building, and thought for sure I wouldn’t be getting one. But about 45 minutes after getting in line, I saw a Belk manager coming around counting. I would soon find out if I was one of the lucky customers. About 30 minutes later, she came back out with her bull horn and notified us all that they actually had 390 gift cards. Wooooo Hoooo. I was sure I was in! They started handing out the claim checks, and i was number 190, so I would have gotten one even if they only had 250 cards. 🙂 Once I handed in my lovely claim check, and had my gift card in hand, I headed straight for the jewelry section to claim a rose gold watch as a gift. I went to pay for my watch and unfortunately I was not the lucky winner of the $1000 reward. I did, however, get a $25 gift card for my time. I’ll take it!
After my time in Belk, I actually went out into the mall among to HUGE crowd of people. It really was amazing the amount of people in the mall at midnight. I avoided Victoria Secret and Bath & Body Works like the plague as those lines were outrageously long. I made one more purchase in Macy’s then called it a night. I was actually in the mall for about 3 hours. After leaving the mall, I went to Ulta, Target and Old Navy (which also had an outrageously long line). All in all, it was a fun night. I had a blast walking around with all of the excited Christmas shoppers and I can say that no violence or craziness occurred. Everyone seemed on their best behavior so I was proud of my GA mall goers. I will probably NEVER do it again, but it was worth the one time experience.
What a great weekend. It was beautiful outside in Georgia, but I really wouldn’t know. That’s what I heard. My weekend was filled with Christmas movies and cleaning. It was actually very relaxing. I got a lot of cleaning done (which was long overdue) while I watched the beginning days of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. I love this time of the year. It seems that most people are very excited for the good tidings even if they sometimes complain about commercialism, missing Thanksgiving, to early for holiday movies, blah, blah, blah. Most say it with a smile.
Me….I love it. I’m ready for the constant calls and discussions with family members. I’m excited to go shopping on Black Friday, even though I rarely make any purchases that day. I just enjoy being out there with all of the people. I can tell I’m loving it to, my skin seems brighter, my hair seems silkier and I feel HAPPY! My wish is that everyone can enjoy this time and appreciate it.