Hello lovely friends,
I am so happy to announce that I will be doing 12 days of blogmas! What this means, essentially – is that you will get twelve posts from me this month (which is 11 more than usual, amirite?). Not all posts will be thematically festive, but I promise you that I’ve got some good content heading your way, so make sure to sign up for emails if you want to stay on top of everything!
Now that that’s out of the way, let me get my ecstatic excitement out and say – IT’S DECEMBER WHICH IN MY BOOK IS BASICALLY A WHOLE MONTH OF CHRISTMAS! While I can appreciate the root of Christmas being a religious holiday, I myself, am not religious and for me, Christmas is a season of friends, family, charity, and finding ways to stay cozy. As some of you may know, this was the year that I tore my life from its roots and moved to the USA to get married. Dylan and I are so happy together, and now that we have our own little family, and our own home, it has been so fun merging Christmas traditions. Here are some of my favorites!
When I was little, my family and I weren’t extremely well off with money, but one thing I remember is that we always got advent calendars and they were always the BIGGEST treat. To this day, one of my favorite parts of December is waking up, searching for the door number on my advent calendar, and popping a yummy little piece of chocolate into my mouth. I then, of course, go on to wash up, brush my teeth, and have my coffee. This is a sweet little tradition that I intend to keep forever.
P.S. I think beauty advents are gorgeous, but they’ll never feel as festive as the classic little chocolate advents!
In my opinion, a Christmas tree is a must in our home. I can’t remember a year where we didn’t decorate a tree with my parents (except for these last few ones, because they now have a doggy and no kids in the house). In Macedonia we always had a fake Christmas tree that we would pull of storage every December, and go on to decorate with as many bobbles as we could fit on it. A new tradition that Dylan insisted on, was getting a REAL Christmas tree! This is my first real live Christmas tree, and aside from the pine needles everywhere, I actually like it! The smell of pine has filled our home in the best way possible and for that, I am grateful.
Our Christmas ornaments at home rarely have any hidden meaning behind them, we just kind of got them as the years passed. Dylan’s mom on the other hand, gifted all of her kids a special ornament every year. She was kind enough to bring over all of Dylan’s ornaments, and they’ve made our tree extra homely. While some of them are really beautiful, intricate, and hand-painted glass, some of them are just plain cute. My favorite is a little sheep that Dylan got on his first birthday, as well as the gingerbread man that he got in 1993 (aka the year I was born, aka the best year ever)! We plan on keeping up with this tradition in the future.
Stockings and presents
In my home, Christmas stockings were purely for decoration, and we give each other presents on New Years instead of Christmas (in Macedonia we celebrate Christmas on January 7th, Christian Orthodox). This year we have two stockings on the wall that are actually getting filled with treats, as well as a tree FULL of Christmas presents underneath. In my family, only the kids get presents – but in Dylan’s family, everybody does! I love this tradition, as I love buying gifts for other people. I’m very excited to gift them on Christmas day!
And last but not least…
You can’t have Christmas without Terry’s Chocolate oranges (both mine and Dylan’s fav!).
What are some of your favorite winter holiday traditions? I’d love to read all about them in the comments below!