Approaching Christmas Day is such a bittersweet feeling for me, but I do enjoy the holidays. I find Christmas comes and goes so quickly but the memories that are made are truly a gift to remember. How did you spend the holidays this year?
I’m posting on a Sunday instead of a Saturday because this weekend was spent celebrating the holidays! Christmas fell on a weekend this year and I really wanted to take the opportunity to be present with my loved ones this year and enjoy the Christmas spirit!
This was the first Christmas not travelling for the holidays (as I’m sure it probably was for many), however it was nice to not have to worry about packing a suitcase or rushing to the airport. Being able to prepare for Christmas without the worry of airfare or intense packing really helped lessen the stress the holidays can usually bring. I was able to focus on a lot of homemade presents this year and really feel ready for Christmas. And with my family still being close, I was able to spend the holidays with them (which I am truly grateful for).
So many wonderful memories were made this Christmas like decorating not one, but two Christmas trees with my roommates and partner and making new holiday traditions like getting a beer advent calendar for myself (which consisted of 24 local craft beer from all around the Maritimes) and my partner trying out Reddit Secret Santa for the first time! I cried, laughed, smiled and straight out enjoyed my weekend and I hope you all did too.
Here’s my personal last (delayed) Blogmas post for 2020!
Christmas eve was magical, driving around and seeing all the homes lit up for Santa. There really are people on this planet that spread the holiday cheer with their beautifully lit houses and Christmas decor. There’s even a map online to pinpoint the best decorated houses for Christmas (in Nova Scotia). One house I drove past was absolutely glowing with lights and huge decor pieces strung all around the entire home (and let me tell you, this was not a small house). I love seeing how people decorate their houses for the holidays!
Driving on Christmas eve while listening to Taylor Swift’s Evermore was probably one of the coziest moments of 2020. It’s been an interesting year, but life is truly what you make of it. I’ve been choosing to really celebrate the small moments of complete happiness and comfort in a year of absolute chaos, and have been seeing some wonderful results to my overall outlook. Once my partner came over after work later that evening, I really felt the first fuzzy feeling of true Christmas joy. We did a short drive around midnight before going home and getting ready for Santa’s arrival!
As I said, Christmas eve was truly magical this year.
Christmas morning this year was also definitely special to me. We woke up, made coffee (of course) and created our own Christmas morning tradition… allowing my cat to open her stocking first for her cat nip toys and treats. But once she was happy playing with her new cat toys, we exchanged gifts to each other and enjoyed our first Christmas morning together.
My partner and I decided to make gifts for each other. We both love being creative and artsy, so it was the perfect opportunity to make some homemade gifts this year. I received a hand drawn tarot card of the Ace of Cups, personalized for my love of coffee. I almost wept!
I also received RingFit Adventures on Nintendo Switch and I just knew I had to set it up and test it out immediately! I’m a big fan of any video game that gets you active and can be a social event! I didn’t get to spend too much time playing the game, but I plan to do a cute little series on gaming exercise and wellness in the new year (so stay tuned). But the day was so relaxing and chill, filled with Switch gaming, having a few caesers with my family and watching the James Bond marathon on television while playing a few games of pool!
We not only had our traditional Christmas morning brunch, but we also had the most delicious turkey dinner you could ever imagine. Like I mentioned in my Brunch blog post, my family really bonds around food and we make it a point to celebrate the holidays with delicious home cooked meals. Having Christmas dinner and spending time with my loved ones this year was the best Christmas gift I received.
This year has been hard for a number of reasons, but it was nice to be close to my loved ones for the holidays. I hope you all had a lovely holiday, however you choose to celebrate! And that you are all staying safe and healthy during the season. Thank you readers for joining me with Blogmas and for the learnings of it all. Even though I didn’t get a chance to blog every day up until Christmas, it was fun to try it out. Next year I have some different ideas for Blogmas (or VLOGMAS?! Who knows what 2021 will bring!)
If you took the time to read this blog post, my heart is full. How did you celebrate the holidays? What special moments did you experience? Let’s continue in the comments below (perhaps with a nice cup of coffee, heh.)
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Chat again next week!