1. TREE HUNTING
Every year the day after thanksgiving it is a tradition to go up to "Santa's Tree's" and grab the more full looking REAL tree, then I go home, blast Christmas music and get to decorating. This year was extra special because my mom was in town for Thanksgiving + we were able to do it together.
2. CHRISTMAS CARDS
I get way too excited about Christmas cards I will admit it, BUT it's the only way once a year to get a "family photo" + have a reflection of where we were that year for the future. I keep them as ornaments on the tree as a visual scrapbook. SO let me love this tradition, it's the little things...
3. MORNINGS AT HOME WITH ARCHIE
If you haven't noticed yet, I love my dog. Especially on the cold winter mornings I LOVE drinking my coffee and easing into the morning with him. Before I have children of my own one day he will stay my current only child. So... Sorry not sorry.
4. FESTIVE DECOR + ENTERTAINING
Favorite season meet favorite activity.
5. OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
I LOVE our neighborhood every season because of its charm + history but especially love it around Christmas. If you drive on any given street in the 12s / Belmont neighborhood you are in for a treat. I currently am in love with this historical compound of a home on Linden Avenue for their epic wreath...where does one even purchase that? Christmas Goals.
6. GIVING GIFTS
I LOVE THE "GIVING SEASON". Friends + family may not always love my gifts but I love giving far more than receiving. Most importantly I love picking a charity to give to every year and a family who needs things far more than we do. It is a yearly reminder to think larger than myself + get giving.
7. REMEMBERING THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
It's so easy to get caught up in instagram world of things looking perfect 24-7 / the constant "keep up" feeling but this holiday is a way to remind us that life is not about that. We are not here for that. It is a reminder to all to keep the faith and remember why we even celebrate Christmas...
John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Christmas is my absolute favorite season + I am so happy to have this outlet now to share with you my very favorite things. Lots of love and...