Favorite Holiday Things

One more week to go…how ya doing? Have you checked off everything on your list? Are you relaxing because you are totally organized and done with the frenzy of shopping, baking, and wrapping? Or are you scrambling trying to get it all done and don’t know if you’re going to make it? Either way, I want to tell you to stop and make sure you enjoy your favorite things about the holiday season. Sometimes we get so caught up in making sure everybody else has a good time, that we forget to enjoy it ourselves.

I am writing this very early morning because we still have some things to grab at the stores. Some gifts for co-workers, wrapping paper and bows and something to wear to Christmas Eve service at church…small things, but it’s gotta get done. And I want to be done early, so I can come home, watch a movie and snack on some goodies.

I have about 7 more Christmas movies to watch this season from my massive list I talked about in a previous post. I got a little behind, so I took some things off this list and that’s ok…I kept my must see. I am totally behind on reading A Christmas Carol, but that’s ok too. Old Scrooge will not have a change of heart and see Christmas morning before I do. LOL!!

What I have done is drive around looking at Christmas lights and listen to Christmas music. It’s one of my fave things to do and I am grateful Neil indulges me while I twist and turn in my seat to make sure I’ve seen every house while singing along to the radio. He just shakes his head, laughs at me and asks why I can’t stay in the same key…whatever…I’m having a great time, who cares about the proper key in the car?

The holiday food has started to make an appearance at the house. One of my favorite things is Panettone. It’s an Italian sweet bread that comes out this time of year. I always get the one with the chocolate instead of candied fruit. I usually just eat it plain, but I’ve been known to make french toast with it…yummy. I am planning the menu for next weekend. It’s just going to be the two of us, so I am thinking about a nibble kind of day. An antipasto tray to snack on (the new buzz word for this is charcuterie, but no…it’s antipasto, and I could just live on that if I had to), some cookies of course and eggnog. Here in Hawaii it’s hard to get the italian cookies I love, but thankfully, I do have a friend in the building who makes great christmas cookies…Stephanie, you’re the best.

O.k., so that’s some of my favorite things. When I was a kid, another favorite was putting out milk and cookies for Santa, now I eat a cookie before I go to sleep with a little nog as an homage to the jolly man in the red suit. I hope you make some time to enjoy your favorite Christmas things too, it’s the little things that make life fabulous.

***Question for the comments…What are some of your favorite things to do in the season? Do you have any yearly rituals you make sure you do?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

10 thoughts on “Favorite Holiday Things

  1. Lol! Russian Tea Biscuits are in the oven! My FAVORITE Christmas cookie! I never make them because I couldn’t find Maggie’s recipe. Presents are mostly kinda done. I won’t see the kids till after Christmas, but at least they have one thing each. Bill is done and I am done. Seven Fishes (ok 5) on Christmas Eve, and Chinese on Christmas Day. Most movies are done.
    Stephanie makes the best cookies, huh? K… šŸ˜

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  2. Aww Tracie Claus, thank you for another wonderful post! I just love reading what you write!
    Merry Christmas to you, Neil and all your loved ones near and far!

    PS: LOL on Neil telling you to sing on key!!!

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  3. Since 2011 I spent Christmas with the church ohana…and although it’s enjoyable in the back of my head I wish I was home with my family…is that bad? That goes for Easter too…with Easter we put a lot of effort on the members to make things happen, even though it’s not a church thing…I love riding around checking out the lights…I’m amazed on the originality of some decorations…I wish I could watch all the movies on your list with you…it would be fun…

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    1. Maybe next year we can get together and we will watch some of my favorite movies. I also love the Christmas lights. I love going to church on Christmas Eve. I know you’re not with your family, but you do get worship the birth of Jesus with your church family. Hopefully some day we can get your family there as well šŸ™‚

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  4. A favorite thing now, in Hawaii ? ā€¦ the boat parade in Hawaii Kai ā€¦ Iā€™m going to figure out how to get on one of those boats next year !!!

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