For those of you who don’t already know, I actually turn into an elf on November 1st, every year. I love Christmas. In fact, I’ll get so excited that I’ll listen to a Christmas playlist at work in the middle of July.
My love for the holidays has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. As I was putting this post together, I was sharing a story with Arnie about how when I was little (maybe 8 or 9 years old), our babysitter would take us to the pool during the summer days. It was a rule that whoever sat in the front seat got to “play DJ.” Without fail, I picked the Amy Grant Home for Christmas cassette tape. My siblings wanted to kill me, but I didn’t much care.
I try my best to savor this season, and attempt to participate in as many holiday-related events and activities as I can. I also try to maintain even the smallest of holiday traditions. At this time in our lives, since Arnie and I live away from our families, most of our traditions are shared between just the two of us, which is special in its own way.
This year, we made a day of decorating the tree, complete with Christmas beers and festive music playing in the background. (We did agree that next year we wanted to add on a spread of cheeses and charcuterie, or maybe cookies and hot chocolate because, of course, we are always thinking of food.) And as you may know, this was the first year that we decorated our home on November 1st, instead of December 1st. Since we travel for the holidays, it’s been nice to enjoy the festive decor a bit earlier.
There’s something about this time of year that makes you feel connected with friends and family, even when you’re not with them, and it emphasizes that there is good around us everywhere we look.
To spread some of my bursting holiday cheer, I am sharing our favorite Christmas songs, old and new, on a holiday playlist that I put together just for you guys. I hope it helps to get you in the spirit, if you aren’t already!
Which reminds me, are any of you still working on your Christmas shopping? If you need ideas, check out my Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide. You’re sure to find something that will work for everyone on your list!
In the meantime, tell me what kinds of holiday traditions you share with your families. I would love to hear of them, especially if any are unique to your family!