Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

I am in disbelief that Christmas is a short 9 days away. This is my favorite time of year, and I can't believe how quickly Christmas Day is approaching. The holiday season is a lot different when you no longer have a Christmas break to spend at home, but I still have my favorite traditions nonetheless. 

Gifting
I've always loved gift-giving, but I think I've loved it the most this year. I have so many packages under the tree, and I've enjoyed wrapping each one of them. The older I get, the more I appreciate the little things that make up the holiday season. 

Decor
My mom has always decorated exquisitely for Christmas, and it's safe to say that I like to do the same. The volume of decorations may be smaller than at my parents' home, but I still love adding Christmas touches throughout my apartment. I am also in love with the decor that you see on buildings, streets, stores, and the like. When we visited Edenton, it was the picture of perfect with gorgeous Christmas decorations, and the Capitol Building in Raleigh has been decorated gorgeously. Christmas decorations turn even the largest of cities into the quaintest of towns.

Christmas Movies
I love Christmas movies a little too much -- I'm talking the ultra-cheesy ones you can find on the Hallmark Channel. I'll watch every single one and more than once, if need be. 

Family Time
Ever since I was a little girl, we've had the same traditions for what we do on Christmas and in the days leading up. Of course, things have changed a little since then, but the family-time has remained constant. We celebrate with multiple lunches and dinners, and even through the hustle and bustle, I really am sad when it's all over. 

Cooking and Baking
I'll be cooking this year a little more than I usually do, but there are no complaints there. From appetizers for our White Elephant Exchange at work, to mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner with my grandmother, to a pie for every single occasion, I can't wait to cook. I've found a few new recipes I want to try this year -- the mashed potatoes will be a staple {recipe here} and I also plan on trying my hand at Katie's chocolate pie recipe

Christmas Morning
Santa still visits our house on Christmas Eve, and I love waking up in my Christmas pjs and heading into the living room to see what fun gifts we have. Even though my brother, sister, and I are all older, there is still something fun and magical about it.  



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  1. I love the glass box with pinecones! I collected some a few weeks back and haven't had a chance to decorate with them yet, but hoping to get it done soon! :)

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  2. I love gift giving but the wrapping not so much maybe because I am awful at it! I wish my presents looked half as good as yours, but luckily my family is aware of my awful wrapping skills!

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  3. Of course your wrapping is so gorgeous - and I love all the little touches you have around your apartment!! Family time this time of year is probably the best and my favorite part! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. All of your holiday decor is SO pretty! And I need to hire you to wrap my presents... I'm horrible at it :( Love all of your Christmas traditions!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. Love all your Christmas decor. Your gifts are wrapped so nicely.

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  6. Your apartment looks great! You seriously need to write a "gift wrapping" post. My presents look HORRIBLE!

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  7. everything looks SO pretty! the presents look super professional :)

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  8. Oh gosh yes! All the cheesy holiday movies on The Hallmark channel are my JAM!

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  9. Very pretty!! LOVE this decor!!!
    Kisses,
    Anna
    www.workingchix.com

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  10. Present wrapping is my jam. I love that each one can be decorated so differently yet still fit them theme I'm trying to go with! Yours look beautiful!!

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  11. SO cute! It looks like you have some great natural lighting too!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! And my apartment does have great lighting -- very thankful for that! xo

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  12. Love your pictures, they're so pretty! I'm so excited to make Christmas cookies this weekend. It's a family tradition but since my family is all in FL right now I'm making Dustin help me ;)

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  13. Gorgeous stockings and love the reindeer decor!!

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  14. Beautiful wrapping.Very nice post!
    http://www.fabuloustorture.blogspot.com

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  15. Ah I love all those things about Christmas too... cooking and baking on the top of the list! :) These photos are gorgeous and definitely capture the Christmas spirit!

    <3 Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

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    1. Thanks, Daisy! Cooking and baking are so great, especially if you're doing it with your loved ones! xo

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  16. I want everything you own! I love all of the glam details! You look like a pro wrapper!

    XO Chelsea www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Chelsea! And I've had some practice in the wrapping department! xo

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  17. beautiful Christmas decorations. I just did my Christmas baking last weekend

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  18. You are my kinda girl!! I'm obsessed with all things Christmas this time of year! I only watch Christmas movies on tv, my house looks like Christmas exploded, and I just love wrapping a gift and making it look pretty!! Oh and Hallmark cheesiness is the best! Did you see Let It Snow yet? It was so dang cute and cheesy haha!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  19. I love all of your cute decorations! We are so behind on Christmas movies... blame it on too many other Christmas things going on!

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  20. Yes to all of these! I too am in disbelief that Christmas is next week...so crazy, but I'm so excited for it! And you wrapping Zelle is GORGEOUS!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  21. Wow, 9 days away! I love this post, so excited for Christmas!
    VelvetandVino.com

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  22. I cannot believe Christmas is co close either! I love your traditions. I share many of the same ones. Your wrapping looks great!!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  23. Gorgeous photos! I am so impressed that you have all your wrapping done! I usually leave all my wrapping until the 24th! Feeling inspired by all your pretty packages!

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  24. I can't wait for Christmas! You are so good at wrapping gifts…mine looks like a 5 year old wrapped them. I have no patience! I love your decor!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  25. aw your space looks incredibly festive! love it!
    My husband sounds so much like you. He just LOVES Christmas and everything that comes with it. I thought I enjoyed it until I met him! haha
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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  26. Love little Sophie's stocking! The world is just so much prettier at Christmas. I love it! xo

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  27. You pretty much summed up my love for Christmas too! One thing I love doing is cuddling with my family and watching The Santa Clause. It is a Christmas classic for my family :)
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

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  28. It's the most wonderful time of the year! Love all of your traditions :) Let me know how the chocolate pie turns out! I'll be making it next week again, too!

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