I can’t believe Christmas is just over a week away! Our family is SO excited for the holiday this year– it changes everything that both kids are old enough this time around to really participate. I feel like a kid again getting to experience everything through their eyes! We’ve been having a blast participating in all the holiday things: baking cookies, going to holiday shows, using our advent calendar, seeing what our house elf gets up to every day. It’s a lifestyle! LOL.
I’m also excited because I’m taking a bit of vacay for the holiday! Starting this Saturday, I won’t be posting any new content to the blog until January 3rd. I will still be on social media, however– I’m not totally crazy! Hahah. I’m really excited to be giving myself a little break from content creation to just hang with my fam and send the year out in style. I wanted to make sure you guys were aware of my little break from new content. I highly recommend that you use the time to scour the HEA archives! There is so much content from the years buried deep in here. Do you even remember when I used to shoot my blog photos with my iPhone 4?! LOL. Yeah maybe don’t go back that far…
Here’s everything we’re looking forward to this Christmas!
Romantic Holiday Movie Time
Kyle and I both LOVE holiday movies, but our kids don’t really have the attention span yet. We actually love lighting a fire in the fireplace, ordering in, opening a great bottle of wine, and cozying up together to watch our faves after the kids are down. Some of our favorites are: Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf, Meet Me In St. Louis, The Santa Claus, Miracle On 34th Street, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and Home Alone.
Marlowe has been begging me to go ice skating since last year, and this year I think she’s finally old enough for it not to end in total disaster. I can’t decide if I want to take her for a classic NYC experience, or try it out first somewhere more close by. I’m not the best ice skater myself, so I will definitely need to have her push around one of those little kid stabilizers!
Every year, I have my kids pick out a selection of toys to donate to less fortunate children. I think it’s really important to teach them how lucky they are to get new presents for Christmas, and involving them in the process early on helps them understand how crucial it is to give back.
Christmas Eve Cookie Making Lunch
This year we plan to get together with a couple family friends and all their kids, and make cookies together for Santa on Christmas Eve! We always make Christmas Eve cookies, but I thought it would be great to start a tradition for our kids and their besties. I love having a house full of people, and I plan on ordering pizza and staying in jammies while we bake.
Fancy Christmas Eve Dinner Out
Marlowe decided this year that she wanted everyone in our family to “dress handsome” for Christmas Eve dinner. The idea of doing that together, just the four of us, in our own house seemed a little bizarre…Ha! So we decided to go out for a nice family dinner all dressed up on Christmas Eve. I love that Marlowe is following in my Fancy Nancy ways. LOL.
Christmas Eve Light Hunting
Last year we started a really fun tradition where we went out driving for an hour searching for the best Christmas lights and house decorations. We blasted Christmas tunes on the car stereo, and we each picked our favorite house. We will definitely do that on our way home from dinner this year!
“T’was The Night Before Christmas” Before Bed
You have to keep up the most classic Christmas tradition of all time! I love reading this book to my kids before bed on Christmas Eve
We always go to bed in matching holiday Jammies on Christmas Eve. This year we will be wearing these ones, and I can’t wait!
Christmas Morning Presents!
One of my favorite things in my whole life is hearing my kids realizing it’s Christmas Day right when they wake up in the morning. Watching them walk in to the Living Room and see their presents from Santa literally makes my heart swell at least two sizes. I wake up a bit earlier than them on Christmas morning so I can get a video of them walking in to the room, and also so I can make some biscuits for us all to eat while we open presents and stockings!
Pancakes on Christmas morning are a must for our family. I put chocolate chips in them for the kids. Last year I got an amazing waffle maker and we added some Christmas morning waffles. They were a hit!
Christmas Dinner With Family
On Christmas Day, we’re having some family over for dinner! I ordered a HoneyBaked Ham, and I’m making Brussel sprouts, Mac and cheese, goat cheese & Chive whipped potatoes, and fresh rolls. We’ll probably have some great wine too!
Caviar & Board Games on NYE
Last year, Kyle and I bought great champagne, lots of caviar, and stuffed our faces on New Year’s Eve while playing Scrabble. We had such a great time, and it was especially fun since he had to work so early the next morning. We weren’t officially partying, but we weren’t being total Debby Downers either! I think we are going to repeat the experience this year, and maybe throw another game in to the mix too. Let me know if there is a great game you love playing as a couple!
What are you looking forward to the most this Holiday season? Let me know in the comments below!