Christmastime is just the best. To me, it always feels as though people are generally making a greater effort to be kind and generous and happy. Regardless of our religious traditions, I love the feeling of that little extra bit of hope and excitement in the air.
Also, I don’t feel quite so silly wearing these awesomely festive pants/leggings.
I also love how Christmastime makes me want spend more time with friends and family. My wonderful friends gathered for a fun, festive, beautiful best friends Christmas party, complete with a “favorite things” gift exchange. It was so fun.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas we talked a lot about things we would like to do and traditions we wanted to begin. We definitely didn’t get to everything on the list, and some of the things we did get to, turned out to be a bust, but we made a good start.
Bust: The lights were turned off at the house that has so many lights it even has its own website.
We tried to take advantage of as many Christmas-y things as we could.
The weekend before Christmas we went to this really awesome vintage movie theater to see It’s a Wonderful Life. I LOVE that movie. The tickets were only a few dollars, and the popcorn was drizzled with REAL butter. (Actual sweet cream butter, not the pretend kind that is called “REAL”) Also, the theater was massive and really cool. It was sort of a surprise date for Grant. When we walked in, he said, “This is AWESOME.” During the movie, I couldn’t help but smile thinking about all people in the theater laughing and enjoying such a classic, wholesome movie.
We didn’t really have a Christmas tree this year. We decided early on that we don’t really have the room to store one or the ornaments to decorate one. Naturally though, I got kind of sad about that and figured we could at least have something representative of a tree. So, I found a bundle of pine boughs at the grocery store down the street and decided that would do. They smelled lovely, and once in the vase, we were even able to hang a few ornaments on the boughs! Also, since we thought Santa might be coming this year (because after all, we figured we had been really good this year), I picked up some stockings about a week before Christmas. I kind of loved it.
Also, we kept getting more and more Christmas cards in the mail! I just love this tradition. I think it’s such a fun, easy way to catch up (even if only visually) with family and friends. I feel like there is a little bit of love that comes out of each of those envelopes. We even sent out cards this year! (not without one of our better disagreements though) I think I’ll keep them up as long as I can. It makes it feel like family and friends aren’t so far away.