Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Favorite Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas everyone! I can't believe another year has passed and it's Christmas again. While Thanksgiving is without a question my favorite holiday, the entire Christmas season puts me in a very festive mood. Now that the bulk of present opening has occurred and I await the heavy food coma that is too come from brunch, I figured it would be a perfect time to share just some of my favorite traditions and things about this whole month really that I just adore.

  • Picking out the Christmas tree is definitely a new favorite. Up until last year we had always used a fake tree, but since our one experiment into a fresh tree, we aren't going back. Nothing beats the smell of pine needles and even the dreaded mess isn't a nightmare to clean up.
  • Every year my favorite movie to watch during this time is Polar Express, I know traditionally people gravitate towards Miracle on 34th Street, but I'm definitely the kind of girl who wishes for magical trains that could whisk me off to the North Pole for one fantastic night.
  • In my city there's one street that is dubbed Santa Clause Lane and on that street all the residents go all out with amazing decorations and lights. It's really a spectacle to see and I definitely make a trip every year just to see how they attempt to out do each other.
  • Peppermint White Mocha and Peppermint Hot Chocolate, basically adding peppermint to any hot chocolate drink just screams Christmas for me. I really enjoy stirring these drinks with a candy cane too for some extra minty goodness.
  • Actually candy canes in general, I love all the crazy flavors that crop up every season and I like stashing them all over the house, claiming their use as decorations but secretly so I can sneak sugary treats all the time.
  • Panettone or the more well thought out fruit cake from Italy. I get so excited when I start seeing these things in Costco I know what I will be eating for breakfast and snack time for the next few weeks.
  • I'm really a big kid at heart. Despite not being chocolate's #1 fan, having an advent calendar is necessary every year because the joy of cracking open those little doors everyday is priceless.
  • I don't live somewhere that snows, however the first frost of the season always warrants going outside and sliding across the crunchy grass and inevitably falling multiple times and normally getting a cold.
  • Ice skating at Union Square, there really is nothing fun about moving in a circle, however there is just something so Christmas about it, I need to do it every year anyways.
What are some of your favorites from the Christmas season? Any special traditions you look forward to this time of the year?

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