there's a million reasons why i ♥ this time of year, but there are ten things i love about christmas the most.
1 ~ hot chocolate. preferably with marshmallows! (p.s. i really hate that i have always said marsh-MELLOWS, but just realized it's actually MALLOWS) oh and for the record, it doesn't really have to be "hot" chocolate. i liked it hot back in so. ill because the winters were obviously cold, but in so. cal ~ chocolate milk makes me just as happy.
2 ~ the lights. to me twinkle lights are magical anytime of year, but i love love love seeing them everywhere at christmas. :) on trees, on windows... honestly everywhere! the more the better. how romantical is the pic below?
3 ~ the snowmen. :) obviously it doesn't snow here, but it's one of the things i miss most about back home. we used to build some pretty funny ones... and i even remember we built a little guy and kept it in the freezer for an entire year so we could have a snowman in the summer time. (when it stops raining, the mister and i are going to build a "sand"man. i'll post pictures!)
4 ~ the cards. i am the worst card sender ever, but i love to get them!! i enjoy picking out & buying cards, but i have a really horrible habit of buying cards... and even gifts... that i never send. no joke, my dad's father's day gift is still sitting in our spare bedroom. sad! anyway, i did a little diy project with our cards this year inspired by ms. stewart of course. stay tuned for pics :)
5 ~ ice skating. the mister and i started a little tradition of going ice skating a couple years ago. i had never been until the first time we went in santa monica. i thought it was so funny to be by the beach and ice skating. :) last year i went in downtown LA. unfortunately, i was a little more than toasted from too many birthday cocktails, but somehow i managed not to fall.
6 ~ the movies. elf is probably my favorite, but love actually, home alone, christmas vacation, how the grinch stole christmas, all of the santa claus movies, and pretty much any disney/lifetime/hallmark/or family channel movie made about christmas are also included in my favorites :) i really need to see more of the classics though because growing up i didn't watch too many of the traditional holiday movies. (sadly these aren't my movies pictured below...)
7 ~ the parties. yankee gift swaps are the best. thank you michael scott for introducing me to such a fun event. :) ugly sweater parties come in close second. i also love office holiday parties, and getting to wear pretty cocktail dresses! of course i can't forget family parties! ours are usually very entertaining especially now that most of my cousins are of age. it's so much more fun having a few drinks together while the younger cousins tear through gifts. who knew? :) the pic below is from my work party last year.
8 ~ the food. my family always had yummy christmas meals, but one thing that i always requested (on the slim chance my mom wouldn't make it without my request) was strawberry pretzel salad. it's seriously a little slice of heaven. it's so good that i even used to ask for pretzel salad instead of a birthday cake :) this year, i am going to try and make it for me and the mister. hope it turns out!
9 ~ the songs. i'm not one to listen to christmas music from thanksgiving until christmas, but 2 weeks before christmas i ♥♥♥ going shopping and hearing my favorite songs in every store. i only make the mister listen to them on the radio, when one of my favorites is on. i don't think he likes them quite as much as me :) too bad carolers won't be knocking at our door this year!
10 ~ gift giving. i can't lie and say i don't like receiving presents, but i can say that i really do like giving them more. i am sooo excited about the gifts i bought for the mister, i can hardly wait til christmas to give them to him! even though there isn't anything too fancy, i put a lot of thought into everything, and i know he'll be happy.
what are your favorite things about christmas? (p.s. i know not all of my readers/friends celebrate christmas, and i am not leaving you out ~ what do you like best about the holidays??)
today i am finishing up so holiday to dos, and then cuddling up with izzy because we are still being drenched with so.cal rain! my hunter wellies have definitely been broken in to say the least!image sources: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten