On the eleventh day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me…Christmas Eve traditions
No matter where my family is for the holiday season is, Christmas Eve is my favorite part of the festivities. Everyone pulls on their best holiday outfits and we eat until we can eat no more. When we’re in Indy, that’s seafood chowder full of every shellfish you can name with oyster crackers on the side. In West Virginia, that’s french fries and oysters and ham and cookies and root beer and trail mix and crackers…
On the eighth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me…decked halls a-twinkling
Nothing spreads Christmas cheer in my family’s house quite like Christmas decorations. My mom does a great job every year putting up the stockings, garlands, trees, and other festive decor. It always feels like Christmas in our house, from the tree in the living room to the holiday cookie soap in the bathroom. Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite decorations in the house:
On the seventh day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me… a Christmas tag of sorts!
When I saw this Christmas tag, I didn’t care that technically no one had tagged me; I wanted to answer the questions anyway (#rebel). So I took the questions Cait asked on Paper Fury (yeah, I read it a lot) and decided to answer them here for Blogmas Day 7!
On the fifth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me… FIVEEEE FESTIVE MOVIES
For the fifth day of Blogmas, I thought I’d go big. No, no golden rings here; just the five Christmas movies I have to see every holiday season. Films that fill me with that “holiday glow” finals insisted on dulling down the past week or so.
(Side note: finals are over and I couldn’t feel more relieved. I celebrated with a three-hour nap this afternoon.
It was delightful.)
But now, for the main event: my top five Christmas movies!
- Miracle on 34th Street. I’ve loved this movie since I was a kid. My grandma had a VHS copy I would watch no matter when I was at her house. Whether the air was filled with humidity or snow, I sat in front of the screen in love with Santa Claus working at Macy’s. “Christmas isn’t just a day…it’s a frame of mind.” Genius.
- The Polar Express. The book always meant a lot to my sister and me as kids. We had our own bells that would hang on the tree every year. The movie means just as much, and I love the soundtrack. The Polar Express is that movie, the one that makes me smile and tear up every time. I love it.
- Eloise at Christmastime. I loved the original Eloise books and movie, and the Christmas one is just as cute! Eloise is such a fun character to watch, and the love story certainly doesn’t hurt anything.
- The Santa Clause. Maybe now is a good time to point out that I really like children’s movies… especially at Christmas! I’m actually watching this right now (thanks ABC Family!) and it’s just so cute. I love Charlie. However, I’ve never understood why it’s so bad at the beginning that Charlie wholeheartedly believes in Santa. He’s 6! Let the kid believe!
- Elf. Cliché, I know, but it’s Elf! Cute, funny, heartwarming–what’s not to love?
What are your favorite Christmas movies?
On the fifth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me:
FIVEEEE FESTIVE MOVIES! Memories filled with snow, one blog tag, the best study tips, and 10 Christmas songs to sing!
Even though we were just in the farmhouse parlor, the room felt the same as all the Christmas Eve services before it. Grandma’s vintage tree flushed behind me with its faux-candle lights encircling the branches, casting a shadow of light around our circle. Specks of birthday candle light flickered from person to person. Even the farm participated in our circle, glowing from the reflection of the moonlight on the snow. Dainty icicles like thin drips of candle wax skimmed the bushes and bare tree branches.
A thin skin of slush glazed Turner Road running by outside. Not nearly as treacherous as forecasted, but not likely to be cleared until a dedicated man with a tractor got out to plow. I had to smile, thinking about the powdering of snow that kept us at the farm for Christmas Eve. I couldn’t help but thank it.
On the fourth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me:
memories filled with snow, one blog tag, the best study tips, and 10 Christmas songs to sing!
Oh you know, just checking in to make sure you haven’t forgotten about me :)
Now that December has finally come, I’m in all-out Christmas mode. My little desk corner is filled with holiday clings, Merry Christmas banners, and my mini tree. There’s nothing some decorations can’t fix, if you ask me. One of my roommates also decorated our door with Santa wrapping paper and stockings for the four of us.
I love Advent.
The lead up to Christmas is just as wonderful as the actual day. I love my daily Advent readings, Christmas songs, and the anticipation of a new beginning. Another semester comes to a close, the weather settles into it’s winter state, and everyone gathers together to celebrate. I’ve always found something magical in holiday spirit, and I refuse to let that go as I grow up.
While I haven’t been blogging much this semester, I want to record my favorite time of the year. So get ready for… the 12 Days of Blogmas! I will be posting 12 days in a row starting December 14th. They might be festive photos, an account of what I did that day, a book review, a gift list–anything Christmas related! If you have any requests, leave them in the comments below.
I hope you are all having merry holiday seasons! I’ll see you on the 14th :)