Looking for that Christmas Spirit

Full of delicious food from my first holiday dinner of the week, I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write a blog post.

Typically I’m one of those super dorky “I LOVE CHRISTMAS” kinda girls who loves nothing more than holiday shopping, cookie baking, Christmas music and driving through neighborhoods to look at all the lit houses.

This year though, I feel like Christmas has snuck up on me. We finally bought a tree last weekend and decorated it Sunday morning. I love having a Christmas tree in the living room so that I can admire the lights while watching TV on the couch after a long day.

I bought a couple Christmas gifts last weekend when it hit me that I should probably get on the ball and start buying things. I even made it a point to order some gifts online last week so that they can arrive at our house in time to wrap them before the holiday.

We like to do an assortment of baked goods for each family, so the plan was to knock out a bunch of different treats this weekend. Of course, since I had a full day of baking ahead of me, our oven decided to break on my first batch. Luckily, I have a grandfather who lives a block away so I used his oven to finish up the ½ cooked pan of carrot walnut bread. I took the rest of my mixed ingredients to my parent’s house to bake while we worked on our family tradition of rum log cookies.

The problem is that I haven’t really felt very Christmassy this year.

I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’ve been so busy concentrating on my new job and starting back to work this past week. Or it could be that neither my husband nor I have any idea what to get each other and I’m afraid we might both end up with nothing under the tree. Or maybe it’s just pregnancy tiredness that has finally hit me. Either way, I feel like the season is racing past me and I don’t even care that much.

So, in an effort to kick my butt back into the Christmas mood for the next week, here are some of my favorite things about the season (in no particular order):

  • Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks
  • Elf
  • Christmas lights
  • Gifts
  • Spending time with my family
  • Rum logs (especially with coffee in the morning)
  • 24/7 Christmas music
  • Love, Actually
  • The Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Christmas Album
  • My families annual Christmas morning in pajamas photo
  • Getting Christmas cards in the mail instead of just bills

For the next week, my goal is to really slow down and enjoy the Christmas season before it passes by. This is the last year that Travis and I will celebrate the holiday with just the two of us (and Potter). Next year, we’ll have an 8 month old son and will able to experience Christmas through his eyes!


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