The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

My love of Christmas is no secret. I am the person who starts celebrating the day after Halloween (which I know annoys some people). I love how it brings my family together, gives me an excuse to do lots of baking, and just puts a smile on my face!

Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate the best season:

1.Going to the thrift store and buying ugly Christmas sweaters to wear on the days preceding Christmas.

2. Making Christmas cookies! Along with classic gingerbread that my sisters and I make every year, I really love these Ritz cracker cookies (can be used for any holiday)!

Recipe: You will need chocolate bark, Ritz crackers, peanut butter, and red and green sprinkles (optional). Spread peanut butter between two ritz crackers and dip them in melted chocolate bark. Place them on a sheet of wax paper and wait for them to harden. Then enjoy!

3. Decorating the Christmas tree. I know that this is something that most people do, but it is extra special to me. My family waits till I get home from college to decorate the tree, which is really special to me. We turn on the Carpenter’s Christmas album and some Bing Crosby, and decorate the tree. My grandparents have given me a Christmas ornament for Christmas every year since I can remember so that we can have our own ornaments to decorate our own trees once we move out, which I think is an amazing idea!

4.Dancing to Christmas music. My 11 year old sister and I always dance to Christmas music on Christmas Eve (her favorite is Mele Kalikimaka). We’ve been doing this since I can remember and although our dance moves are very silly, it always makes me smile!

5. Traveling to see all my extended family. Since I’m away at college, I don’t get to see my family often. Christmas is one of the only times that we all spend time together and it is something I cherish. Although driving 5 hours or flying on Christmas day is not always the most pleasant, being around my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins makes it worth it!

I can’t wait till I have my own family so I can start new family traditions and pass on some of my old ones.

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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