Celebrate the Christmas season with That Artsy Reader Girl and her bookish friends!
Today we have the pleasure of hearing from Sarah, the lovely book blogger behind What Sarah Read! I really love Sarah’s blog and consider her to be a friend, so I’m delighted to be hosting such a special piece of her heart today! She’s currently running a Christmas Event, Home for the Holidays, on her blog right now so go visit her there for more festive holiday posts!
I’m so thrilled to be on Jana’s blog today as part of her amazing Bookish Little Christmas! I’ve been a big fan of her holiday feature for years now and it was a big inspiration behind my own Home for the Holidays feature on my blog. Christmas is one of my very favorite times of the year. There’s so many things I love about the holiday season and today I’m going to be sharing my very own top ten list of my favorite things about Christmas.
I suppose my love for the holiday season all started with my father. He was a single dad and a minister so when the Christmas season officially began that first Sunday in December, it was all holidays all the time. Decorating the church, practicing for the Christmas pageant, holiday parties with families from our church…and it was all capped off by the beautiful candlelit Christmas Eve service he led. The holidays will always remind me of my father and the amazing relationship we had. He passed away nine years ago but I always feel his presence a little bit more during the holidays.
Whether it’s a big Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza in NYC, a botanical garden in coastal Maine covered in thousands of lights or the Boston Public Library illuminated for the holidays, there’s nothing I love more than the beauty and cheer of holiday lights! They always bring a smile to my face.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love sweets and that I love to bake, so when Christmas rolls around I take full advantage of the gift-giving and holiday parties as an opportunity to bake all of the things!!! Cookies, brownies, cupcakes…you name it, I want to bake it.
One of my all-time favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life”! I make sure to watch this movie, along with “A Christmas Story”, every single Christmas Eve and/or Christmas day. I’m a big fan of holiday traditions and watching these movies are one of my very favorite traditions of the season. There’s just something so comforting and familiar about watching a holiday film while cuddled on the couch with loved ones.
If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Twitter and Instagram for any amount of time, you know that I LOVE living in the Boston area. It’s literally my very favorite city in the entire world and when Christmas rolls around the city goes ALL out. I work right downtown, so I’m lucky enough to see the gorgeous decorations every day. They always put a smile on my face!
For as much as I love the city all decked out for the holidays, there’s nothing I love more than decorating my own home. It’s always a mash-up of decorations that are old and new, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love being surrounded by holiday memories and I have many ornaments that have been on my tree every year since I was a baby. In the past few years I’ve also started building on my Nutcracker collection that my father started for me when I was little.
Speaking of nutcrackers…The Nutcracker Ballet also holds a very special place in my heart. I took ballet when I was little and every year my dance school would put on a huge production of the ballet. I absolutely loved being a part of it and from the very first year I took part, I was hooked. It became part of my holiday traditions ever since then and whenever I think of Christmas, I think of The Nutcracker.
I’ve been such a slacker in the holidays cards department the past couple years, but I’m making a promise to myself to get back in to the swing of things this year. I absolutely love receiving holiday cheer in the mail and I can’t wait to get my address list together so I can start sending some cheer myself.
Office parties, potlucks, ugly sweater parties, secret Santa, Yankee swap…if it’s a party during the holiday season…I’m there! Getting together with friends and celebrating the holidays and the end of the year is such a special time. Looking around the room and seeing all the smiling faces and listening the music in the background just fills me with so much happiness.
Every year, my co-workers and I volunteer for a HUGE charity event for low income families called Christmas at the Castle. The event is held at the Castle at Park Plaza which used to be an armory building in downtown Boston but is now used as conference and event space. Each family gets a food voucher for a Christmas dinner, winter coats for each family member, and toys for each child! I usually post myself at one of the toy tables and help parents pick out the perfect toys for their children. It’s so fun meeting so many new people and to help them have an amazing Christmas.
So, there you have it! My favorite things about Christmas. I hope you enjoyed my top ten list and it got you even more excited for the holiday season! Happy Holidays everyone!