Wednesday, December 9, 2009

'Tis the Season

This is a time of the year that most people love. And with good reason. Cliche, but there really is something "in the air" to make this a happy time of the year. Here are some of my favorites. Things that make it feel like Christmas.

Fresh holiday wreaths. I always get mine from Costco. They always look great, with pine cones and red berries. Love having one on my front door.

I could watch this movie over, and over, and over again. Especially with my siblings. It just gets funnier every time. Watching this every December is a MUST. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the movie:

"First we'll make snow angels for two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie-dough as fast as we can, and then we'll snuggle."

"I think you're really beautiful and I feel really warm when I'm around you and my tongue swells up."

"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."

Snow around this time of year is welcomed in my book. I love seeing yards with make-shift snowmen...it being obvious that it was created by kids. I want to do this as my boys get older. Fun family activity. After December, the snow can disappear until the following December.

Christmas music. I listen to it first thing in the morning, until the time I go to bed. I just love it and never seem to tire of it. Have you heard this album yet? I can't stop listening to it. It is that good. I think David Archuleta has such a nice voice and he doesn't over-do things. The arrangements are so good and that makes all the difference. Go get it. You won't regret it.
Mmmm...hot cocoa. No need to expound. "Steven's" is my favorite...all flavors are divine.
I enjoy my Scentsy all year round but I do have some scents that smell (to me) Christmasy. Cloves & Cinnamon, Pumpkin Roll, and Baked Apple Pie are just...yummy.

I love this picture. Fitting for my household. It is meant to represent wrapping paper and wrapping presents. I LOVE to wrap Christmas gifts...especially while listening to some good music or watching something like "The Christmas Story." For some reason, it's just fun. I'm not that great at it but I'm getting better. Practice makes perfect.

This is the Nativity set that I have displayed and I love it. The First Presidency Christmas Devotional this past Sunday was just what I needed. President Monson talked about how everyone naturally loves this time of year. He said that the Christmas Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. This is what this is all about. This is that "something special in the air" that everyone feels. This time of year is wonderful because of our Savior. And it is our job to spread His love and message. That really is the greatest gift that we can give. I am trying to follow the counsel given and look for opportunities to serve anyone and everyone. There are so many things we can do, we just need to slow down and open our eyes to recognize the needs around us. I'm hoping I can do better in this area this Christmas season.

Hope you are all enjoying this special time of year.
What are some of your favorites?

4 comments:

The Nielsen Clan said...

i have that nativity set too and LOVE it! hey chica.. I still want to know how you made your stockings! those turned out so cute!!

*LaUrA* said...

One of my favorites is putting up the tree...most especially the lights...I love evenings when I can shut off all of the lights and just let the glow of the Christmas tree spread its coziness all over the house.

Ornaments...I love looking at other people's ornaments and also reminiscing as I hang up ornaments from years past. I also love giving ornaments as gifts.

Shopping...I love that I can buy toys without trying to justify why I am doing it! ha! I do go a little overboard for Carter and I am well aware of it...but I just can't help myself! I need to start taming myself though and start teaching some delayed gratification...but during Christmas I don't have to worry about that! I LOVE giving gifts...if I could I would buy every person I know and kind of know and do not know a gift...maybe someday. Along with this goes the Angel Tree or Secret Santa...my all time favorite thing to do during the holidays...just gives me warm fuzzies!

Singing Christmas Hymns in Sacrament meeting...LOVE this!

I should stop...but one more...I love seeing all the lights and decorations that other people put up...I even like the tacky, over done stuff...I think because as a little kids those were the most exciting houses to see..so it is still fun for me to pack up in the car and drive around light hunting.

I love your nativity too!

Merry Christmas to you!

Kacy & Ashley (Staples) Krieger said...

I loved this post, brought a smile.

Ok, I will listen to David Archaleta. I have never heard him, can you believe that. He even came to Pocatello.

I would also like to know how to make stockings, can you facebook me some info. I would love to do it this year, but it might take me a year to sew.

Ok and one of my favorites of Christmas is Sugar Cookies, I like all yours too!

Lacy said...

I liked reading your favorites. It helped me feel more Christmas-y.
We love making and decorating Christmas cookies together. We have several colors of frosting and try to make them look like works of art. Try is the key word there, they are yummy though :)