It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love this time of year because everything is so festive. I love Christmas decorations and everything is just pretty, merry, and bright. It’s usually cold enough here in December to feel like winter, but not bitterly cold like in January or February. The night air smells good like a mix of pine, chimneys, and crisp air. Everything just feels magical!
I love the quote above and think it’s so true! So to get in to the holiday spirit I thought I’d share a few sweet Christmas memories with you all.
- My family’s Christmas tree is pretty standard in terms of decorating these days. It consists of little white and colored lights and ornaments. The ornaments are a mix of souvenirs from traveling as well as memorable ornaments like one with my birth year on it as well as each year since I was born. It’s a tradition for my parents to give my brother and me an ornament each year from the Hallmark Keepsake ornaments. But I remember when I was little we used to have the big glass Christmas lights, which I personally love for that retro vibe! We also used to put tinsel on the tree and hang candy canes. I used to love all the tinsel!
- We used to also put a train set around the tree – one that was more of a kiddy train set and one that was more of a legit train set with a railroad crossing and everything. That one I remember really hurting if you accidentally stepped on the tracks. I might have to look in the basement and see if I can find that train set!
- Growing up, my parents always had a fake Christmas tree, but my grandparents always got a real tree. When I was younger, my family would go to my grandparents house once a week for dinner. I remember my brother and I would wonder each week in December on the way to their house if the tree would be there yet. Some years they’d have the tree up at the beginning of December and other years we wouldn’t see it until Christmas week or Christmas Eve even. But I remember always being excited when the tree would be up because I loved the smell of the real tree!
- One thing I used to love as a kid and I still love now is driving at night during this time of year because it’s always so fun to see how all the houses are decorated!
- The last memory for today is baking Christmas cookies. Now, I make tons of Christmas cookies with my mom (I’ve written about it multiple times before), but we make like a dozen different kinds of cookies and so many of each kind for ourselves and to give to friends and family. It takes us days to make them all. But, when I was a little kid and my mom was still working it was an annual tradition for me and my brother to go to my aunt’s house to bake cookies. My aunt would usually pick us up in the morning and we’d go bake cookies all day with a lunch break which was usually pizza. Then, my parents would come in the late afternoon and if we were still baking my mom would help out. Then, we’d go out for dinner. It was a tradition that lasted quite a few years.
This has always been my favorite time of year with all of these kinds of memories and many more like Christmas movies and wrapping presents etc. I’m always so sad that it goes by so quickly and is over before you know it!
What are some of your favorite holiday memories?