Oh my goodness y'all- I cannot believe it is already the middle of December! I feel like this month has just flown by so fast. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so December is definitely a month that I look forward to. I started thinking about all of my favorite things to do during December..a holiday "to do list" per-say.
FIND THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE
Of course, not just any tree will do! It has to be tall but not too tall, and full enough but not overly big. This year we went to four (you read that right) different places before finding "the tree". But we found one, and we knew it was the perfect one as soon as we saw it.
CHRISTMAS MOVIES MARATHON
Um hello, ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas!!!! Also, have y'all seen this list it basically lists all of the Christmas movies on each day! Not going to lie, our dvr is currently full of Christmas movies and I am not complaining! Top 5 Favorites: Elf, Christmas Vacation, The Family Stone, Four Christmases, The Holiday
DECORATE OUR HOME
I love decorating, especially at Christmas time..everything is just so bright and beautiful. Over the years I've collected so many neat pieces and it is always fun to unpack the Christmas decorations and find those things that you had forgotten about since last year (this happens every year to me and I always end up giddily saying "ohhh I forgot about this!!!) I can't wait for us to have a house so we can go all out with multiple trees and outdoor lights (think griswold style).
SHOPPING, SHOPPING AND MORE SHOPPING
I didn't go out for Black Friday this year, but I definitely made up for it online shopping! So many stores had great deals leading up to Black Friday and the week following, that I got a lot of my shopping done then! But there is nothing better than the hustle and bustle of the mall at Christmas Time..everyone looking for the "perfect gift" while Christmas music playing in the background.
BAKE CHRISTMAS GOODIES
Some people love to cook, I love to bake! There are so many yummy holiday recipes I've tried and make each year. This is one of my favorite recipes, but each year I always end up making these yummy pretzel/kisses bites..so easy and fun!
HOLIDAY PARTIES GALORE
Between work, family and friends we have so many parties to go to this year and I love it! I always enjoy getting to dress festively and spend time with friends and family. There is just something magical about people welcoming you into their homes at Christmas time. I love all of the decorations and everyone is always in such a holly, jolly mood!
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR
Raleigh is a huge city so there is no lack of decorated houses at Christmas time. Some of my favorite neighborhoods to drive through are Oakwood, Cameron Village and Country Club Hills. I just love to see how people decorate their homes. Driving through downtown Raleigh is also one of my favorites, I love the city streets lined with wreaths and Christmas lights.
What is on your "holiday to do list"? Do y'all love doing some of these things too?