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Christmas 2013

Candles

Yesterday was the last day of Christmas celebrations for Josh and me, and today I’ll take down our decorations.

It has whirred by and, honestly, I’m kind of sad about it. I didn’t watch as many Christmas movies, make as many candies/cookies or take as many pictures as I wanted to.

But I did get to enjoy lots of good times with lots of good friends and family.

Here are the highlights:

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Jolly Holiday

wreathintroMost people around the web are starting to discuss 2013, but I’m still trying to finish Christmas things. In fact, I just celebrated Christmas with Josh’s family last night! With that in mind, we’ll talk about the new year and resolutions later. I still owe you a Christmas recap!

So far, I’ve celebrated Christmas four times, and that doesn’t include parties. It also doesn’t include Christmas with Josh. We’re still trying to catch our breath and haven’t had a moment to celebrate together (we’re making it happen this week).

Gifts from Ash and HilThis Christmas was kind of weird. Not just because it was a bit of a whirlwind (and I say “bit” in an ironic way more than anything else). But this was the first Christmas since I was about 17 months old that I haven’t spent with my little sister. I have a hard enough time accepting that I’m a grown-ass adult. But accepting that my baby sister is growing up? Forget about it. So when she spent this Christmas in another state with her fiance, the realization that my sister is, in fact, a grown woman kind of slapped me in the face. I still don’t know how I haven’t cried about it.

Gifts from Mom and familySo, because we wouldn’t have a chance to  see each other on Christmas day this year, I celebrated Christmas with her and my best friend about a week early. Thanks to our jobs earlier that day and a birthday party that evening, we had a very small window that left just enough time for gift-opening. We usually go all-out, with lots of gifts and stockings and going out to dinner for a girls’ night, but that just wasn’t in the cards this year. Honestly, though, I was just grateful to spend time with those ladies.

Some gifts from DadI spent the most time with my mom–three full days and two partial days. I spent most of my time there wrapping presents and getting ready for Christmas day; the rest of the time was spent just chilling and doing nothing. Because of storms, I wasn’t able to leave Christmas day like I planned. Instead, I spent the day playing with my 3- and 4-year-old cousins (which was so awesome because I rarely get to see them).

Josh and I saw my dad and step mom this weekend for less than 24 hours. We drove through the light show at the local botanical gardens and watched movies. (We do it big in my family–and stress-free!)

Gifts from Josh's familyAnd, of course, last night Josh and I spent time with his family. We gave his nieces some adorable little stuffed animals (the oldest–3 years old–wouldn’t let go of the toy we gave her; she kept it tucked under arm as she opened the rest of her gifts). We exchanged gifts, then played a new game Josh’s mom made up where we have to guess what’s wrapped. Later, we went to his grandmother’s house for Dirty Santa.

We got home at 10 last night, and it felt like it was at least midnight. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually ready for the Christmas festivities to end. (Who would’ve guessed, right?) I think my exact words to Josh were “I’m ready for Christmas to be over” just before I passed out.

Our tree is still up today. Part of me wants to take it down, but I want to look at it when Josh are finally able to exchange gifts. Maybe I’ll have time to move into 2013 next week.

{infatuation friday} Christmas 2012

12.21.2012

  1. instagramChristmas Countdown. If you haven’t been following, I’m a little more than halfway through my Christmas countdowns (there are only four days left, including Christmas day). Catch up by viewing the photos tagged #12DaysOfChristmas on my Instagram (which prove that I’ve been doing a lot of crafting in my living room floor) and my tweets tagged #ChristmasCountdown.
  2. Real, Live Reindeer. So, apparently a reindeer terrorized the Toronto Star this week when Santa stopped by for a visit. Favorite quote: “it pooped in editor in chief michael cooke’s office.”
  3. Holiday Movies. Do you want to watch a movie this Christmas, but just can’t seem to pick one? Well, this infographic is just for you! Simply answer the questions, then follow the lines to either the next question or your holiday movie solution. You’re welcome. (More items like this are pinned to my “Festivus” board.)
  4. ovenbreakOven Break. This has been around for a few years, but it’s a favorite of mine. I usually delete it from my iPod shortly after the holidays, only to re-add it the next year. The point of the game is to help the gingerbread man escape from the oven. As he runs, you guide him past obstacles, and each level is more difficult than the last. The game’s creators periodically add new levels. Available in the iTunes store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; also available on Google Play for Android. $1.99.
  5. End of the World Playlist. Earlier this week, al.com posted an end-of-the-world playlist (not including the overplayed “It’s The End of the World, As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.). Most of the songs are pretty awesome and fitting, so I made a playlist on Grooveshark. (If you’re so over this end-of-the-world mess, this is a good playlist out of that context too.)
  6. Blender Bottle. I think Blender Bottle should win an award for best holiday social media management. For starters, their 12 days of Christmas on Facebook involved different clever ways to give Blender Bottle gifts to anyone, from a botanist to a “Desk Jockey” to a stay-at-home-mom and more. To top it off, they posted this fantastic version of The Night Before Christmas to the Blender Bottle blog. Just. Awesome.
  7. cuttheropeholidayCut the Rope: Holiday Gift. This is another great holiday game. I downloaded it a few years ago, and now I bring it back to the ol’ iPod every Christmas. Simply put, it’s a holiday twist on the classic Cut the Rope game. Available in the iTunes store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. FREE.
  8. Stress-Free Holiday. If you’re feeling the holiday stress, check out this blog post my coworker wrote this week. She gives five tips on how to reduce stress over the hols. I love that she gives a bit of a comical twist to lighten up the subject!
  9. Be Happy. For a little extra cheer this holiday season (and beyond), check out behappy.me, where inspirational phrases are posted daily.  You can even subscribe to have these sent to your email. (Thanks, Ashley, for the suggestion!)
  10. Sugar Cookie Butter. Umm… can someone just feed this to me, like, right now?

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