I am so glad the holidays are here. I’ve always loved this time of year, but I swear they get sweeter every single year.
I loved waking up as a child to see what Santa had brought us. I loved sleeping in until 10AM as a teenager and begging my brothers to open presents before noon. I loved nearing the end of each fall semester, heading home for Thanksgiving, taking finals, and then heading right back home for Christmas. I loved seeing how my husband’s family celebrated the holidays and spending time in Iowa. I loved celebrating my daughter’s first Christmas in Texas and seeing how happy she made others.
I’ve loved creating all these memories and this year I’m excited to stay here in Maryland for the first time. Since I was a freshmen in college, I’ve traveled for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or both. Whether traveling to Texas, Iowa, or Cleveland, I’ve traveled for years. This year, Neal and I decided to just stay put! We’re spending Thanksgiving Day here in the Washington, DC area with friends and Christmas Day will be spent in our new home.
Establishing roots and creating traditions here in Maryland is something I’ve wanted to do for so long. I will miss our family in Texas and Iowa, but I’m really looking forward to immersing ourselves in the festivities here in the Washington, DC area and enjoying our time off from work. Working at a university, I am grateful to have a full week and a half off from work, and I’m excited for Neal to take that time off work as well.
-Running the Run Under The Lights
-Running the Alexandria Turkey Trot
-Watching a gazillion Christmas movies
-Baking and decorating sugar cookies
-Attending a Christmas Eve church service
-Gifting new PJ’s for Christmas Eve
This year I want to create some new traditions. Neal and I are creating a “Countdown to Christmas” calendar, which will kick off December 1. Look out for that Saturday!! The Countdown to Christmas will involve lots of Christmas movies, small gifts, and plenty of holiday activities.
We’re still on the fence about getting a real Christmas tree this year, but I’d at least love to go out to a Christmas Tree Farm. I feel like a nice fake tree is in our future, but I’m just not sure if this is the year to buy one. I also really want to decorate the new house a little, but I feel rushed because of the move. I think I’ll focus more on creating memories and making the most of the holiday season, both around DC and in our home, instead of decorating the house. That may be a 2016 adventure.
As tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I just want to thank each of you for reading my blog, for your encouraging words, and for sharing your lives with me as well. Coffee Cake and Cardio bring me great joy and I’m really thankful to still be able to blog, even as life has changed over the years. I hope that each of you enjoy Thanksgiving and the holiday season!
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?