Let’s talk Christmas stuff today.
About how I love Christmas and all the trappings. From the commercials, to the stores, to the cookies at my parent’s house, the candlelight services, advent studies, and everything in between.
We all have family traditions and favorites and I would LOVE to hear yours!
Feel free to share below in the “share the love” section.
We’ve had lots of traditions over the years.
Some have stuck, some have changed, and some have only recently been adopted.
I would love to do a Christmas post devoted to aaallll the Christmas things, but today’s post is devoted only to all things Christmas for 2014.
Which will be enough.
We have a few things coming up this month that I’m very much looking forward to, and feel the need to share on the blog.
Because of all these changes I keep talking about (and not sharing!), Will and I opted to minimize Christmas stress wherever possible.
That meant we opted not to go to our company Christmas parties. While super fun (I enjoy them way more than Will), our time is valuable and important so I opted to give that one up in favor of more time with family (and taking care of all these changes that I keep talking about but not talking about).
We also opted to do a joint Christmas present early next year.
We’ve always done joint Christmas presents with each other, and I love that we do this instead of buying each other presents.
Will is impossible to buy for.
Even with no Christmas parties, there’s still lots of fun in store.
We are attending The Nutcracker with my parents this year!
Funny side story.
I think I realized just how much Will liked me back in 2002 when he skipped an OU game to take me to The Nutcracker and acted like it was no big deal.
We both know it was a big deal.
That guy bleeds Crimson and cream!
Anyway, we’re going again, 12 years later, and I’m looking forward to it.
We will also enjoy some of the gorgeous lights and decorations downtown OKC.
We also love going to the movies this time of year.
I’m the annoying person that whips out my not-so-quiet carrot sticks and proceeds to eat them at the worst ever time.
During quiet scenes when you need to pay attention.
All of a sudden you hear, “Snap! Crunch. Crunch.Crunch.”
I don’t mean to eat at the worst times, but it often happens.
Anyway, Will isn’t a carrot stick smuggler.
He’s all about the movie theater popcorn.
Every Christmas, our theatre has deals on refillable drink cups and popcorn buckets you can buy and use for the following year.
It’s a must-do in the B-Love house, so we’ll be making a stop to the theatre at some point so Will can buy his tub.
Speaking of movies, here’s a fun fact.
My sweet Will had never seen It’s a Wonderful Life in its entirety until just a few years ago.
Now it’s among his top favorite movies.
That’s on the to do list, too.
Oh, and while we’re at it, if you haven’t seen it, you should!
As for Christmas music this year, I typically alternate between Pandora’s Christmas Radio and their Christmas Choral Classic stations.
Something about Christmas makes me adore the choral classics. I can rock around the Christmas tree with the best of them (um, and I totally do), but I can’t beat a beautiful rendition of my favorite Christmas hymns.
My family also had a yearly tradition of going out to eat together sometime the week of Christmas, followed by a huge tour of Christmas lights!
There are some fantastic public displays in OKC, as well as in neighborhoods. We hit them all.
Now that we’re
responsible old, P and I opted to simply do a $20 stocking challenge for each other’s gifts this year.
Oddly enough, I had a blast with it! I think this will be a new tradition. You might be surprised at the good stuff you can get with only $20.
My mom kills me with baked goods.
This is a yearly tradition, however this year I hope to take some time while I’m off to help bake.
You know, seeing as how all I usually contribute is my appetite for delicious Christmas cookies.
Layla has been my mom’s helper this week, and I can only hope to live up to her superior stirring (and testing!) skills.
Speaking of Layla, can I please just tell you how much fun she’s been, especially this time of year!?
That is all.
While Will and I are ever-mindful of advent, we’ve never really done anything on our own for it aside from church stuff.
This year I bought candles to light for each week and have been doing an advent study. I have been so very blessed by it.
It’s a story I’ve read a million times, but when I quiet myself and really think on God’s love for humanity and how I need to love others, it reminds me why I even put up my dang decorations in the first place.
To celebrate Him.
If you haven’t done an advent study, I would definitely encourage you to do so. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas (because, let’s face it, it’s kind of wonderful).
However, I cannot express the value of quieting yourself amidst the hustle and bustle to really contemplate the meaning of Christmas and the beauty of its simplicity.
I don’t know about you, but that simplicity can get drowned out by the tissue paper, cookies, movies, and Pandora music.
Oh friends, it probably clear to see I truly do find Christmas to be the most wonderful time of the year!
Thanks for letting me share some of the things I’m looking forward to this year.
I would absolutely love to hear some of the things you’re excited about this year. Share away! ❤️