Wednesday, November 24, 2010

i can't stop this feeling...

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i've been getting that "holiday feeling" lately. you know the one. it's that feeling you used to get when you were little and the holidays were soooo magical. now, i guess, it's more of a nostalgic feeling - remembering all those wonderful childhood christmas traditions. the feeling arrives sometimes unexpectedly, brought on by a christmas commercial, a holiday song or evergreen garlands around a door. other times you know it's coming. like this thursday when i'm helping my mom and sis in the kitchen getting the thanksgiving meal ready while the macy's thanksgiving day parade is on. just typing that, i got a glimmer of that holiday glow. like the kid in the polar express, i know that somewhere deep down, i'll always "believe". even when the jingle bell stops ringing for others' ears, i'll hear it. i know i will.

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in order to "keep the jingle bell ringing", i think you have to work at it. and each year, i (nicely) enforce our holiday traditions. to keep them alive and to preserve them (so one day we can share them with our own children).

a few of my fave traditions (feel free to steal any that interest you!) :

-christmas ride. each year, we all pile into the car in our pjs with blankets, pillows and food and peruse nearby neighborhoods looking for the best decorated houses while listening to christmas songs.

-carolling. most years we host a carolling party. we enjoy cookies and hot cocoa before wrapping ourselves in red scarves and donning santa hats as we serenade the town. my recommendation: appoint a leader who can organize the singers and start songs so that they're on key.

-holiday specials. i make it my goal to watch as many holiday specials and christmas movies as humanly possible between thanksgiving and christmas. whether it's a sappy lifestime movie or a classic like "white christmas", i'm tuned in. hey...the holidays come but once a year!

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those are just a few of the many, and i'm sure i'll be writing many more similar posts throughout the next month or so. i just couldn't resist sharing a few now!

so, what are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

happy thanksgiving : )


  1. I love this post! I think my most favorite holiday tradition is just curling up on the couch with my family and watching movies. So simple but unforgettable. Laughing together, enjoying each other. Holidays make memories. Happy Thanksgiving, Cailen!

  2. I also have the lovely Holiday feeling already and I am so excited for Christmas this year:)...We always make sure to dress up the apartment and get lots of christmas candles. We also enjoy the Christmas markets and hot wine:)...I love spending holidays with family and friends:)

    Ps: I am hosting a beautiful pillows GIVEAWAY today, just in time for Christmas.

  3. We go to the country club neiborhoods (real ritzy) to see the best lights and decorations...all the rules imposed by the CC only allow real classic and beautiful ones!

    Lots of Eggnog!

    I'm also a huuuuge fan of the holiday specials on ABC Family and Lifetime!


  4. great post -- i LOVE what you do for your Christmas ride!! That sounds so much fun =) I LOVE looking at Christmas lights!
    My favorite holiday tradition is driving around looking at Christmas lights after Christmas Eve service =)

  5. I love your Christmas ride idea! I might steal that one... ;) My favorite tradition is decorating the tree with Christmas music blaring and hot cocoa on the stove (with marshmallows of course). Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I totally know the feeling, and I noticed this week that Timmy's (Tim Hortons which is kinda like the mild Canadian version of Starbucks - - although Timmy's was here first, lol)changed to Christmas cups too!!

    Have a wonderful weekend. Isn't it great to feel festive? ;)


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