Friday, December 5, 2014

Three Holiday Favorites

If you couldn't tell from this post or this post, I love the holidays. There is something so magical about this time of year, and whether it's because of the decorations or something else, all I know is that everything is just, well, happier. It sounds cliche, but there truly is cheer in the air. (Well, except for during finals week...) Anyway, I wanted to share my three favorite things about the holidays!

Christmas Tree. This is a great inspiration for some of the lovely things we have at https://www.facebook.com/WestTremontHolidayMarket

Decorations and Music
I've grown up in a Christmas-loving household. I'm not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that my dad starts present- and ornament- shopping in October... The Christmas music is playing throughout the house in November, and decorations start going up sometime around Thanksgiving. I know there are people that don't like to see Christmas decorations and such so early, but it honestly brings me so much joy to see our mantle decked out with "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" playing on the speakers. (My dad is obsessed with Christmas music, so you can always count on Frank Sinatra's or Nat King Cole's albums to be in the mix.) Decorations and Christmas music in the mall, around town, and especially in my own home will always make me so, so happy.

Gingerbread Cookies by Pastry Affair

Traditions
Since my family is so big on Christmas, you can bet that we have many, many traditions. My favorites include decorating sugar cookies and making gingerbread houses with my sister, picking out and hanging up our stockings on Christmas Eve, hanging ornaments on the tree with my family, opening stockings first thing Christmas morning, and visiting my cousins Christmas night. I think tradition is extremely valuable, especially with the way things constantly change nowadays, which is why the holidays are such a great time.


Gifting
Not kidding when I say this, but I love gifting so much better than receiving gifts. There is nothing better than finding that perfect gift for a family member or friend. Every year in Yearbook, we do a 4-day Secret Santa where we do three days of small gifts and trinkets and then the last day is a bigger, more expensive gift (and by expensive I mean like $20, ha). The best part is watching your person's reaction as they open each gift. It's so hard not to shout out and tell them that you're their Secret Santa! I especially love Christmas morning when my family and I open gifts. Last year, I got my mom dish towels with her mom's hand-written recipes printed on them - her reaction was priceless.

What's your favorite part about the holidays?

xx
Caitlin

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