Last night, Caleb made me get off the couch, grabbed my hand, and took me on a long walk around our subdivision. It meant so much to me. We talked forever, conversations that probably wouldn't have happened if we sat in front of the TV all night. He took me to a nearby street that had some of the coolest Christmas lights (accompanied by Christmas music, of course) and we just stared. The owner was even outside and we thanked him for the free entertainment.
No other time of year is it really acceptable to stare at someone's home, and its considered normal, or even encouraged. Something about this time of year makes people seem happier, more approachable, and more giving. I can't help it - I love this time of year!!! Of course, surprising friends with gifts is always a blast, but I love the traditions that come along with this time of year.
...making brownies for breakfast with Caleb on Christmas morning and trying to finish as many as we can before celebrating with my family for brunch.
...writing notes every Thanksgiving with my family (we write down what we're thankful for privately, and we go around the table on Christmas and pick one out of the tin, and read it out loud).
...Caleb and I each giving each other one small gift the night before Christmas because we just can't help ourselves! ;)
...going to the coolest free Christmas play in Cincinnati every year with our best friends.
...and like getting new ornaments every year to hang on our tree. This is an old one of my mom's - part of the Wizard of Oz set we've got on our tree! Love!!
Christmas is honestly just one of my favorite times of year. Caleb and I always get SO excited to decorate the house, play as much Christmas music as possible the entire month of December and light our tree the second we walk in the door! I love the traditions we have just as a family of 2, and can't wait to make new ones as the years pass by!
Linking up with Pinky today for anything-goes- Christmas style ;)
Everyone enjoy your Tuesday!
I 100% agree, it is the most wonderful time of the year. You have some fabulously festive traditions, love the ornament!ReplyDelete
I love the thankful notes tradition! That's awesome!!ReplyDelete
Love your traditions for the holiday's - we do one small gift on x-mas eve too! xo, Biana -BlovedBostonReplyDelete
Those lights look awesome! I think that is a great tradition to write little notes every year for Thanksgiving. So nice to look back on what was wrote each year.ReplyDelete
Rockin' around the Christmas tree :)ReplyDelete
Christmas is my favorite time of the year too! My grandparents come home from Arizona for the month and it's so filled with tradition, I love it!ReplyDelete
Hope we can get a fun photo opp this year at Awaited!! :) Those were so fun that year! Loving that scarecrow ornament.ReplyDelete
I love this! A walk to look at all of the lights sounds like so much fun.ReplyDelete
I love that he decided to go on a walk with you! So sweet and the weather has been weirdly nice for it, too. Take advantage while you still can!ReplyDelete
brownies for breakfast? that sounds like a tradition i need to start lolReplyDelete
Loving that Wizard of Oz ornament! And yay for going out to look at Christmas lights, we definitely need to do that soon :)ReplyDelete
Aw, it sounds like such an amazing night! I love looking at lights, I wish there were more in my neighborhood so that we could take a stroll. I'm with you, I love Christmas everything, especially the traditions!ReplyDelete
The other night coming home from my mom's house I stopped by a neighborhood with giant houses and just looked at all their christmas lights! Definitely would have been creepy any other time of the year :P I love how everyone seems to be happier and more giving too! I love the traditions I have with my family, the ones I've been able to join in on with Peter's family and I can't wait until I have more to make with a family of my own!! :)ReplyDelete
Last year, we would do the same thing - long walks around our neighborhood looking at the decor.... We had just bought in our dream neighborhood and there was just something so magical about that... we're renovating right now, so we're not at home... but I may have to do that where we are. Thanks for the reminder. ;)ReplyDelete
A www yay! I'm so happy you have the Wizard of Oz ornaments 😍 Must see you soon!!ReplyDelete
I'm totally grabbing my husband and going on a walk tonight - love love love that idea! Your neighborhood looks awesome with all of the lights! It's the most magical time of the year :)ReplyDelete