The Spirit of Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go, and I am loving it.  Did you just sing that like I did as I was typing it? Haha!  I bet you did! There is nothing better than Christmas lights and decorations.  I love that so many people are decorating early this year to try to bring a little joy to this insane year.  I NEVER decorate this early.  I have always done it the weekend after Thanksgiving because that is what we did when I was a kid.  We would load up the truck and head out to the Christmas tree farm in search of the perfect tree.  Oh, how I loved the hayrides through the trees followed by hot chocolate afterwards! I hate that my kids have never experienced that tradition.  All my adult life, we have only had artificial trees.  That was just easier since my husband was deployed for so many Christmases. Plus, there really weren’t tree farms where we lived like we had in the deep southern, country towns growing up.  While I love big city life, it is the little things like those traditions that I do miss about living in the country.  You can’t beat searching for the perfect tree, watching your dad cut it down, and the smell of the fresh pine. 

My youngest has always loved decorating for Christmas.  Her eyes light up the moment the tree goes up.  She loves helping me put everything out on display and hanging all the ornaments.  The more decorations and lights the better for her.  As we have seen other people decorating early this year, she has been begging to get all of ours out for weeks.  I told her I was ok with it, but she had to convince her dad.  I never thought he would agree, but he did.  As soon as church was over on Sunday, he started pulling everything out of the basement.  She was at cheer practice all morning and by the time she got home, all the totes of decorations were out, and the tree was up.  I wish I had a camera on her when she realized the tree was up.  She gasped and got so excited.  We immediately got to work decorating the tree which is my favorite part.  Our tree may not look like one out of a magazine or a Hallmark movie, but it is special to us.  We don’t have matching ornaments or elaborate garland. Each of our ornaments have meaning and memories attached to them.  There are those that the kids have made over the years, some that my husband and I made as kids, and some that belonged to our grandparents.  We also have ornaments from all of our travels.  Every time we go somewhere on vacation, we get an ornament that represents that trip.  Each one holds great memories.  We have so many from our Disney trips that now we have our own mini tree full of just Disney ornaments.  I pull out each ornament one by one, reminiscing about where it came from or who made it. Then I add the hook and pass it on to the girls to hang on the tree.  I love their smiles as they remember where it came from as well.  They even argue over who gets to hang certain ones and which ones get prominent placement.  They also laugh over the ones they made when they were younger and tend to hang those in the back because they are embarrassed by them.  I wouldn’t trade our tree or our ornaments for a fancy tree ever. I love it so much.  

We didn’t get all of the decorations up on Sunday, and still have a few things left to put up, but the important ones are out.  The tree is up and decorated and the stockings are hung on the mantle.  My youngest came downstairs yesterday and I caught her admiring the fireplace.  She said, “It looks so much better with all the stuff on it.” I wish she would remain this in awe of Christmas forever.  I love seeing it through her little eyes.  Now she just has to convince her dad to put up lights and our blow-up Santa in a submarine outside.  She asked me yesterday why I married such a Scrooge when I told her he said he wasn’t putting them up.  I reminded her that she wouldn’t exist if I hadn’t married him, to which she asked me why I hadn’t made him love Christmas in all the years we’ve been married.  When I told my husband what she said, he laughed and told me I missed a prime opportunity to tell her that you can’t change men! LOL! I bet if she were to bat her pretty eyes and beg him a few more times, she could convince him.  He definitely has a soft spot for her. 

Whether you decorate early or not, I think this Christmas is going to not only look a lot different than normal, but I also think it is going to mean a lot more to everyone.  It has been a tough year and I don’t foresee it changing any time soon. I hope that we can all use the holiday season to remember why we are all here and the importance of family and time together. I also hope that we can all find some joy and peace in the midst of the chaos.  Choose to be present in the moment and take time to stop, breathe, and be grateful for all you have. Try to look at the season through the eyes of a child like mine. I promise it will change your perspective.

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2020 Anchored Gift Guides

November is here and the holiday season has officially begun.  Whether you are gearing up for a great Thanksgiving or putting up your Christmas decorations, it is time to start thinking about gifts.  I always try to get all of my holiday shopping done in November so that I can enjoy all that December brings and not have to worry about facing the crowds.  This year I have compiled several different gift guides to help you with all your holiday shopping.  I tried to find items that are unique and thoughtful and that may not necessarily be on someone’s wish list.  There are pieces that are from small businesses, fair trade companies, companies that give back, as well as some things from your typical big box stores.  I don’t know about you, but I like options.  I will say that, although I tried to compile gift guides for the males in your life too, I am much better with gifts for females.  I think I get an A for effort at least.  I also did not separate the younger ages by gender because I thought that many gifts work work for either. I really put a lot of thought into these lists and truly hope that you find them useful. My goal was to hopefully make your holiday shopping a little easier. I do plan to share my personal Christmas wish list with you next week, which will feature many more articles of clothing and shoes that are not included in these lists. Stay tuned for that! Here you go! Happy shopping!

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It’s Christmas Movie Time!

I am fully aware that it is only the middle of October, but I cannot contain my excitement because it is Christmas movie time!!!! That’s right! This month marks the start of Hallmark Christmas movies, which are my all-time favorites! Yes, I know that they basically all have the same plot, and I can pretty much predict how they all will end.   I have even seen most of them several times already.  I don’t care! I love them so much. They get me every single time.  I spend my weekends binge watching with tears in my eyes.  I don’t know why I get teary when I know how it is going to go, but I do every single time.   I cannot wait to watch all of my old favorites and the brand new ones released this year.  I fill my DVR with all the new ones, so I don’t miss a single one.  I even re-watch them all when they come back on in the summer for Christmas in July.  They are just that good. 

My husband can’t stand them and rolls his eyes every time he walks in the room and sees me watching another one.   My children think I am crazy, but I know that one day they too will love them as much as I do.  They do occasionally watch one or two with me, and I can tell that they love it and don’t want to admit it.  Seriously, almost every female that I know loves Hallmark Christmas movies. My mom, sister, and I have to watch at least one together when we are all home for Christmas.  It is tradition.  People even make shirts about it, so I know I am not alone in my obsession with them.  

I so have to admit that the Lifetime channel has upped their game, and they are putting out some great Christmas movies too.  Some are even right up there with Hallmark’s.  I added the Lifetime ones to my repertoire last year, and they are sure to be on my DVR this year as well.  I do know that their movies start this month as well, but I couldn’t find a complete schedule all nicely compiled into one graphic like Hallmark has, but you can find the full schedule here. Their Christmas movies start on October 23.

I know that Hallmark Christmas movies are corny, predictable, and a little sappy, but I love them anyway.  There is nothing like a good Hallmark movie to really get the spirit of Christmas flowing through your body. It makes me want to decorate the house already.  I am so ready! This year they have 23 brand new movies for your entertainment pleasure. Check out the schedule below for all of the new releases and get your DVRs ready! It all starts next week.

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Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Well, I had this post all ready for you yesterday but didn’t get it posted. There were some major technical issues that prevented me from posting it. I believe they have all been resolved now and all the links should be working.

It is that time of year when you are beginning the struggle to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. It can be a daunting task, but I am going to make that a little easier for you. I have to admit, though, that I am not good at shopping for males. I grew up with just a sister, I only have daughters, and, of course, I am a girl myself. Girls are just more fun to shop for than boys, right?  I am much better with shopping for girls, so today I am sharing gift ideas for all the females in your life from big to small.  (Sorry guys!) These gifts are sure to please any of them.   I promise you can find something on these lists for all the girls in your life. Some of these things are only on sale for a limited time so hurry and get your shop on!

Backpack Purse/Embrace Throw/Snake Print Boots/Tarte Tartlette 2 In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette/Portable Apple Watch Charger Keychain/Elegantees Audrey Top/Leopard Print Scarf/Essie Holiday Collection/Buffalo Check Sherpa Pullover/Purse Organizer/Weekender Duffle Bag

Lange Le Rêve Flat Iron/Merit Wallet/Cowl Neck Sweater Dress/Radiant Necklace/Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug/Maya Wallet (each one is different)/ZonLi Weighted Blanket/Elegantees Ruby Cardigan/Fossil Kinley Crossbody Purse

Rabia Bag/aera Smart Diffuser/Textured Funnel Neck Coat (currently 40% off)/Merit Tote (40% until 11/24)

Hydro Flask/CC Animal Print Beanie/Sugarfix by Bauble Bar Mixed Media Earring Set/AE Tie-Dye Hoodie/Portable Desktop Phone Stand/Metallic Tech Card Case/Love, Light, and Peace Bath Set/AE Pointelle Oversized Sweater/Adventure Begins Journal/Mosaic Clutch (each one is different)/Dearfoams Sydney Slippers/Crossbody Purse

Happy Christmas Bath Set/Inflatable Sofa Hammock/Sherpa Pullover/Scrunchies/Color Changing Fairy Lights/Earring Set/Pom Pom Cozy Boots/Animalz Face Masks/Wide Mouth Bottle Handle/Hydro Flask

Cat & Jack Sequin Pullover/Unicorn Scarf/Personalized Unicorn Sequin Pillow/Bath Bombs/Craft City DIY M\ini Slime Kit by Karina Garcia/Stuffed Llama/Llama Flip Sequin Slippers/Earring Set/Piggy Paint Scented Nail Polish

Safari Friends/Cat & Jack Unicorn Mittens/Turtle Backpack/Sherpa Pullover/Fairy Tent/Redess Beanie

Happy Shopping!!!

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Goodbye Halloween! Hello Christmas Season!

I’m going as “Best Dressed” again!

Happy Halloween!!! I will admit that this isn’t one of my favorite days.  I guess I loved Halloween as a kid but not so much as an adult.  I don’t like scary stuff and I am not a huge candy person.  Let me make it clear, though. I will eat candy if it is there, but I don’t seek it out. As a teacher, this day was always insane and it was pointless to try to teach on Halloween or the day after it.  The kids were just crazy talking about their costumes and their anticipation of all the candy they were going to eat. Then the day after everyone is tired and coming off of a sugar high. I really feel for teachers today and tomorrow.  I totally agree with everyone that is pushing to have Halloween moved to the last Friday in October. That would make this day so much easier for everyone.  My husband will tell you that Halloween is his favorite because he loves all of the scary movies.  Sadly, we disagree on this topic.   I don’t even really decorate that much for Halloween. In fact this year, I had not decorated at all until Monday of this week when my youngest insisted on putting some pumpkins on the porch and a sign on the door.  There are people in our community that have gone all out with decorations, though. There is one house that even has a giant pirate ship in their yard. It is crazy! On top of it all, it is a very rainy and gloomy day here today.  I think it is going to be like this all day and night.  Trick or Treating is going to be miserable because everyone is going to be wet and cold.  I know that I sound like Scrooge right now, but I really don’t mean too. Halloween is just not my thing.  I do hope that everyone has a fun and safe night filled with laughs and tons of candy. I will just enjoy it from the comfort of my home passing out candy AND allergy friendly treats to all the kids in their cute costumes.

The only positive of Halloween to me is that the end of Halloween marks the beginning of the Christmas season.  I love the holiday season, especially Christmas.  The magic that is in the air as soon as November 1 hits is just so incredible to me.  It brings a change in everyone, and I love it.  The question then comes of when to put up Christmas decorations.  My family’s rule has always been to decorate the Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving, but the older I get the more I want to decorate earlier.  My youngest keeps bringing up something she read or heard somewhere about how people who decorate early are happier.  It makes perfect sense to me.  I love Christmas decorations. I love seeing all the houses lit up each year and the beautiful trees in the windows.  Christmas decorations make me happy for sure, and I have a ton of them. I pretty much decorate every room on the main level of my house. I think part of the desire to decorate earlier comes with knowing that we spend much of December away from home, so we don’t get to fully enjoy our decorations.  December is when competition season starts for both of my girls and we are traveling most weekends.  In fact, we will even be spending time just before Christmas in the Bahamas this year for a gymnastics meet.  We also typically spend the week of Christmas in our hometown with family and not at home.  I think that since having kids, Santa has come to our house only once.  He usually comes to my parents’ house.  I wouldn’t want it any other way, but it does mean that we don’t get to enjoy our own decorations as much.  I wrote about this same topic last year of wanting to put my decorations up earlier but ended up not doing it.  We put them up right after Thanksgiving as usual.  This year, I really am seriously considering doing it earlier. I know my kids would love it. I just have to convince my husband.  I really can’t wait to get in the Christmas spirit. There really is nothing wrong with celebrating it as long as possible, right? Who is with me?

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Holiday Overload

Hello everyone! I have missed you all.  It is funny how writing has become such a big part of my daily routine. Having that routine disrupted for a few days really made me realize how much I enjoy writing. I took a few days off for traveling and spending time with family and friends and am now ready to jump back in. If you saw my Instagram stories over the past few days, you saw that I was pretty busy and didn’t have much time to write or post. I really wanted to unplug and be in the moment so I chose to not write while we were away.  On top of that, I couldn’t have even if I wanted to. There is no Internet service out in the sticks where our family lives!!! I’m not kidding.  I couldn’t even send a text most of the time! Anyway, after the 9-hour trip in the car yesterday, I think that I am on holiday overload (which is a lot like sensory overload) and just need the day today to chill now that we are back home. I’m exhausted!  I’ll start thinking about taking all of our decorations down tomorrow.  Today I will just rest.

My holiday began in the early morning hours last Friday with a 9-hour car ride south.  It was a miserable, rainy, and extremely foggy drive jammed in the car with 2 excited kids and a dog.  I thought that my knee was going to break off of my leg by the last couple of hours of the trip due to being stuck in the same position for so long pressed against the pedal.  Because of the rain, I wasn’t able to put the car on cruise control much so that I could change positions.  Thankfully the traffic wasn’t bad so it didn’t prolong my misery even longer. We arrived at my parents’ house just before 5:00 PM. Thankfully we had a pretty easy going night of Hallmark movies and went off to bed at a decent hour since all of the fun was to begin the next day.

Saturday brought with it the arrival of my sister, brother-in-law, and my two sweet nephews. We ran for a quick lunch with them and my parents at a local restaurant before we had to head to my husband’s dad’s house for the first of our Christmas celebrations.  This year, to make things easier for everyone, we decided to go to Cracker Barrel for an early dinner before heading back to the house for presents.  I have to say that it was nice not having to worry about cooking or bringing anything and it was great not having to clean it all up afterwards.  The only negative was that having 13 people sitting at one long table in a restaurant made it more difficult to talk to everyone.  I barely spoke to the people at the opposite end of the table. I guess the other negative was that since we are from such a tiny little town, we had to all drive about 30 minutes to get there and then back.  Despite attempting to go for an early dinner so we could get back for presents, it ended up taking longer than planned after we waited a bit to be seated, ordered and ate our food, and drove back.  When we got back to the house we arranged furniture and began setting up for our annual family photo.  It is not easy corralling that many people into one photo.  This year my two sister-in-laws decided that it would be fun if we all took one of the photos wearing red noses.  Some of even had blinking noses.  It was funny for some and others were party poopers! LOL! It’s always fun watching my husband try to figure out how to set the timer on the camera and run to take his place each time before the picture takes.  Opening presents brought lots of laughs, as everything that my youngest got seemed to revolve around “poop.” She has this weird fascination with the “poop” emoji.  I don’t understand it. I scored a gift certificate to my favorite Lularoe shop, which I am very excited about! The night ran long and it was nearly 11:00 by the time we got back to my parents’ house for bed. 

On Sunday, we woke up and headed to church.  I held my 11 month old nephew for the whole service so it was hard to focus on the sermon. He is too stinking cute and I loved every minute of it. After church we made a quick change of clothes and headed to my grandparents’ house, which is about 20 minutes away for a late lunch with them and my uncle and his family. We had an abundance of food that I ate way too much of, my favorite being my grandmother’s cheese ball and her peanut butter pie.  Yum! I really should make the cheese ball more often because I love it so much. I wish I would have grabbed some to bring home with me. After lunch, there was more present opening and time spent with family.  I really hated to leave since we don’t get to see them nearly as much now that we live so far away.  Those times together are so precious to me. From there we headed back to my parents’ house for Christmas celebration number 3. We had a few quick bites of pizza for dinner despite none of us being very hungry and then exchanged presents with my parents and sister’s family.  I love watching my nephews open their gifts from me.  The excitement on their faces is just so precious and warms my heart. I am also in a competition with myself to always give them the best gifts, the ones that they will love the most. I will say that so far, my record is near perfect! 

Monday, Christmas Eve, we again got up early and got ready to head to my other grandmother’s house. She lives about an hour away.  There we had a late lunch with my dad’s 3 sisters and all of my cousins and their children. I believe that my grandmother has 4 children, 10 grandchildren who are all married except 1 (another one is engaged and will be married soon), and now 15 great-grandchildren. I could have miscounted, though.  Not all of them were there, but the majority of them were. It was definitely a very full house with every single chair occupied as we all ate lunch.  Again, we all stuffed ourselves with way too much food, my favorites being my grandmother’s dressing and pound cake, my aunt’s potato salad, and my other aunt’s chocolate chip cookies. It was all so good! I am pretty sure that I have gained at least 5 pounds this week if not more.  Thankfully I am back to my normal diet today! Lunch was followed by more presents.  Then came my kids’ favorite activity of all.  My uncle always brings his horses with him and the kids enjoy taking turns riding them in the field behind my grandmother’s house.  It is always the highlight of the holidays for them.  From what I heard, both of my girls were riding the horse without a lead.  I’m glad I wasn’t out there to watch when that was happening because it scares me.  Last year, my oldest fell off the horse when it abruptly stopped galloping and her body didn’t stop with it. She was totally fine, but it always scares me. I know that they are in good hands, though, with my uncle and cousin watching over them.  We literally had to pry them away from the horses to head back home to get to bed for Santa’s arrival. When we got home, the girls got busy making Gingerbread houses.  They had a blast, but it was another late night for us! If you are counting, that was celebration number 4!

Christmas day came with a surprisingly slow start.  I was shocked that my kids did not wake up early and everyone slept in.  We actually had to wake them up about 8:30 so we could get the day started. Of course, once they were awake, the excitement filled the air as they ran to see what Santa had delivered. My youngest has wanted a swing in her room forever and finally got one that came with a stand so we don’t have to hang it from the ceiling.  It is ginormous but she absolutely loves it. My oldest got the Apple AirPods that she has wanted forever. Overall, I think they were very satisfied with what they received for Christmas.  They certainly weren’t lacking for presents this year. I will tell you that of all the gifts that I received over the past few days, none of them mean more to me than the ones that my youngest gave me last night.  She had made gifts for my husband and me out of Popsicle sticks, but my absolute favorite was this necklace she made me. She had gotten this jewelry making kit from her Secret Santa through cheer. Instead of making something for herself, she made the necklace for me. As you know, we have a tumultuous relationship so this is extra special for me. I will cherish it always. 

We had a great time with all of our family and friends over the last few days.  I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything else.  Time with our family is so precious to us especially now that we won’t see everyone as often.  I can tell you that my heart is full and overflowing with love and joy. That is what Christmas is all about. The gift God gave us and the love and joy we receive from others is all I need. I hope that you all had an amazing time with your friends and family for the holiday and are gearing up for a joyous New Year in a few short days.

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Family Traditions

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Family traditions are the things that you remember as you get older.  I imagine sitting in my rocker in my old age reminiscing about all the traditions our family has lived out over the years. To me family traditions aren’t about the actual act of the tradition.  It is more about the experience and time spent together.  It’s really about the memories made. Our memories help to shape us. My family traditions are not going to be the exact same as anyone else’s traditions.  They are what make us unique.  They are what bring us together. They are what bond us as a family unit. Nothing brings a flood of memories of family traditions like the holidays.  Caroline Kennedy once said, “It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.” I believe that is so true. Our memories keep us together. They are like the superglue that bond us together. I agree that mothers tend to stress over making the holidays perfect for their kids.  We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make it the most magical time of the year for our kids.  I know I do.  We stress over getting the perfect gifts, the food we are going to eat, the cool experiences we are going to have, and so much more. We have to remember that it is about the memories made and not so much about having the perfect Christmas. We have to remember to pay attention to even the little joys of the season because in the long run, those will be the memories that you cherish.

Over the last week with Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping, and decorating for Christmas, I have thought a lot about family traditions. I have reminisced about the traditions that my family had when I was a kid and how some of those traditions have evolved into the traditions that I do with my family now.  Those are the important parts of the holidays.  I can assure you that I can’t remember what I got for Christmas 10 years ago, but I certainly remember sitting on my grandmother’s lap on Christmas Eve as she pretended to be Mrs. Claus, like she does every year, telling everyone how proud she was of me, how much I meant to her, and how I am always the angel at the top of her tree. I can’t tell you what we ate for Christmas lunch 15 years ago, but I can remember standing around in my Nanny’s kitchen watching her cook like we always do and teasing her about burning the bread while she tried shooing us all out, but we all stayed there together anyway.  It was more about the time together than the food we ate.  I can’t tell you what Santa brought my kids for Christmas 5 years ago, but I can remember how they paced the hallway waiting for me to get the camera set up and the joy on their faces as they rushed into the room when I said go. As I sat on the floor this past Sunday night handing my kids each of the ornaments we own one by one to put on the tree, I reminisced about each of them.  You see, the ornaments on my tree aren’t fancy.  Some are down right tacky, but I don’t care. Each one of them holds a memory. Some are ornaments from my childhood and my husband’s childhood including ones that we handmade years and years ago. My husband has this dove he cut out of Styrofoam with his childhood name written with pencil in his handwriting across the back. I have one that is a little plastic cup where I glued construction paper inside of it to make the manger with baby Jesus inside.  Many are ones that my children have made including a paintbrush and candy canes made from craft pipe cleaners.  I especially love the ones with their little faces on them.  One my family’s traditions began on our honeymoon all those years ago.  Every time we go on vacation or travel somewhere, we get an ornament to remind us of that trip.  My kids are in on the tradition too and love picking out the ornament each time we go somewhere. We have so many from our trips to Disney, that we now have a small tree that is just dedicated to Disney ornaments.  We have ornaments from Hawaii, Boston, New York, Scotland, and more. Every single year when we decorate the tree, we remember those trips and we even talk about them when those ornaments come out of the box.  My sister began a tradition when my oldest was born of giving them each an ornament for Christmas, and I now do the same with my nephews.  Those also add more memories to our tree. While these are all family traditions, it isn’t about the tradition. It is about the memories that these traditions evoke. Who knew when we began the ornament tradition almost 19 years ago that something so small would hold so many memories? It truly warms my heart to look at my tree all lit up.

Just remember, especially through this holiday season, that you need to cherish each other and the time spent making memories with each other.  That is my goal for this holiday season.  It’s not about the presents received.  It’s not about what you do. It’s about the people you share it all with. It’s about the memories that you make through the traditions you uphold.  I am certainly guilty of over buying for my kids because I want them to have it all.  I am guilty of trying to make it magical and stressing out when it doesn’t go the way I had planned in my head. The holidays have often brought me stress because I am trying to make everyone else happy. I loose sight of what the holidays are all about and I forget to live in the moment.   My goal for this year is to not get stressed. My goal is to continue those family traditions that are special to me but to be totally present in all the little moments because those are the moments that will create memories that will last a lifetime. I encourage you to start those family traditions that will bring you joy for years to come and to be totally present in the moment.  By doing that, you will create memories for you and your children that will never be forgotten. What greater gift can you give yourself and your children than happy memories that will continue to give to you and them for the rest of your life? There is nothing that holds more value than memories of time spent together.

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To Decorate or Not to Decorate?

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Well, winter has arrived early at my house and my girls are out of school for the first official snow day of the year.  That’s right! It’s snowing at my house.  They actually made the call about school being closed fairly early last night, and I thought they were being overly cautious. The reports that I was seeing were just calling for a wintery mix, so I was expecting that we would get some rain mixed with a little snow or ice.  I certainly didn’t think there was going to be enough snow to actually stick to the ground.  Boy was I wrong.  I guess being in South Georgia for the last 3 years has made me forget about the unpredictability of the snow up here.

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My girls are so excited about it.  I think they have really missed getting to have snow days.  They were so eager to get out there in it this morning.  Of course, they have grown out of most of their snow clothes since they didn’t need them in Georgia. They decided to just layer as many clothes as they could on their bodies, and are dressed all crazy.  I’m not sure what the knee high socks are all about, though. Thankfully, I had gotten them snow boots when we had a gymnastics meet in New York this past January, and they still fit.  They were out there making snowballs and throwing them at each other. Then they had the brilliant idea to get out the boogie boards and use them to slide down the deck steps while I was upstairs drying my hair. They knew I would have said no if I was down here.  Not the safest idea they have ever had, but they were loving it.  They lasted out there about 25 minutes before they decided they were too cold.  Now they are inside making hot chocolate and driving me bonkers! LOL! I’m having a really hard time focusing on what I am writing!

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I am enjoying this snow day cuddled up with a blanket next to the fire.  It is totally making me sleepy too.  As soon as I finish this post, my plan is to start binging some Hallmark Christmas movies.  They are my absolute favorite.  I don’t know why because they are all so predictable, but I love them anyway.  The movies plus the fire and snow are really putting me in the Christmas mood.  It was so hard when we lived in Georgia to really get in the Christmas spirit because it was still warm outside.  There was one Christmas while we were there that we all wore shorts on Christmas day. That’s just crazy to me.  I know some people love it that way, but not me. I associate Christmas with cold weather.  It’s part of why winter is my second favorite season.  I am ready to bust out the Christmas music too.  I LOVE Christmas music so much.  I may or may not be listening to some as I type. I mean what’s better than a little Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas music? Ha ha! I’m actually in the mood to decorate too, especially seeing so many of my friends with their trees up already on Facebook.  We have always not decorated until the weekend after Thanksgiving, but I am really starting to rethink that.  I think every year, except maybe one, we have traveled to be with family over Christmas so we never really get to enjoy the decorations and tree at our house for very long.  I think I would enjoy them better if they were up longer.  I used to totally think it was crazy to decorate this early, but I think maybe I’m changing my mind.  I did hear someone on the radio the other day say that studies have shown that people who decorate early are much happier and enjoy Christmas more.  I can see that being true. I don’t think I am going to be able to convince my husband to put up the tree yet, but maybe I can start with some of the other decorations.  It’s always interesting when we move to a new house and have to figure out where to put all of the Christmas decorations.  I am looking around now wondering where I am going to put my favorite Willow Tree Nativity scene.  It takes up a good bit of space and is my favorite of all my decorations except maybe the tree.  I may have to create some kind of stand to put it on this year.  What are your thoughts on how early is too early to decorate for Christmas? To decorate or not to decorate? That is the question. I mean it is the most wonderful time of the year, right?

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Just in case you were ever wondering, Amazon Prime will still deliver on schedule in the snow! LOL! The poor guy looked miserable!

Anchored in the Christmas Spirit,

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