So here's one thing I want to do for YOU! It's holiday giveaway time! All you have to do is leave a comment here or on Facebook to enter (include your email address so I can contact you. Or if you don't want to leave your email, simply come back by next Monday to see who the winner is!). Easy peasy. No hoops to jump through. Just come on over and leave a comment. When the winner is chosen, I'll email you for the details so I can ship a little holiday surprise package your way! So leave a comment and you just may win a surprise from me to you, lovey. Join in the fun! I'll promote this all week and then announce the winner next week. It could not be easier. I want all my friends to get their jingle on! Share this blog post on your Facebook page!
I LOVE Christmas. I LOVE being with my family and eating good food and watching Christmas movies and eating Christmas cookies. To me, there's nothing more fun than a cozy night at home with Jeff and the kids, watching Curious George's Christmas special and icing gingerbread cookies. These are the moments I want to remember forever. (I'll be doing a blog about great ways to hold on to those special memories next week so check back in! I'm super excited to share some ideas with you!)
It's been such a delightful, warm fall over here in Colorado. I'm not used to the warm weather lasting this long and I'm loving it. Truly, I'm fine if the snow holds off a while longer. I love brisk mornings and cold nights and warm afternoons. Turkey and dressing and pie are in the very near future and I can just taste it! Black Friday shopping and lots of coffee. Bring it.
I went back and forth with whether I should host a little Christmas gathering this year. When I start these conversations with the Jeffster (granted, every year), he always continues on with whatever he's doing and then finally says, "Bran, you know you love doing this. Just get going on it."
Aaaaaand, he's right. So yesterday I started planning my Christmas Ornament Exchange party. This makes me SO happy. I cannot wait to have my girlfriends in my home. Christmas music playing, the warm smells of brunch casseroles, clinking glasses with champagne and fruit juice, laughter and rising voices, holiday decorations that twinkle.
Yes, these moments take a little work and planning. But the truth is, once we're all there, these are the moments that, for me, make the holiday season special. The coming together and sharing what we have. It's really become a tradition that I love. If you're wondering whether you should do something similar, lovey--a wine and appetizer night at your house or even at a restaurant, a craft night together, a cookie exchange--try it! It might become a tradition for you and your friends! (Confession: I have always wanted to be invited to a cookie exchange! I might have to try that next year.)
I always think of fall as a season of thankfulness. And as we move past Thanksgiving, we enter a season of giving. We give what we can--ourselves, our love. It doesn't have to be much. We're just thankful for what we've been given, and we come together as friends and family to love each other. Delicious food and beautiful Christmas trees are a bonus.
So let me give you a gift! Leave a comment and let's get going on this beautiful holiday season! Let's decide now that it's going to be our best yet.