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10 Things I'm Excited About this Holiday Season

Ok, ok, I might be getting a little bit excited over here about the upcoming holidays. Especially since I just realized that Thanksgiving is NEXT week. Did Thanksgiving sneak up on anyone else or was it just me?
& Christmas? Yeah. That's in 39 days.
Panicking yet about the Christmas shopping that you still have left to do between now & then? I haven't even started...
Anyway, here are the 10 things that I'm most excited about this holiday season:
10. Hanging up our stockings over our fireplace
My stockings have always been hung on a bookshelf but this year we have a mantle to hang them from! Way more excited about this than I should be. My mom has also ordered some new stockings this year now that we've added a couple of people to the family - can't wait to see SIX stockings hanging across their fireplace!
9. Baking sugar cookies
I always love baking sugar cookies at Christmas but this year I get to do it with my new KitchenAid mixer {!!}

 {Christmas 2015}
8. Lights at the Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo, Christmas lights... what more could a girl ask for?
7. ... actually, all the lights
I don't know what it is about Christmas lights but I love seeing them all.

6. Thanksgiving!
Because we can't forget Thanksgiving. Especially since Patrick and I are hosting it at our house this year for the very first time.

{Thanksgiving 2014}

5. A little Christmas cheer in our mailbox everyday
Christmas cards might be my favorite pieces of mail to receive from our friends and I love displaying them around our house throughout December. 
4. Asheville

Patrick unknowingly started a little Christmas tradition two years ago. And then we continued it with his family last year. Fingers crossed that we can squeeze in a trip up to the North Carolina mountains for a little getaway before Christmas.
{Asheville 2014}
3. Starting new traditions
First married Christmas = new traditions. We're sending out Christmas cards for the very first time this year, we're hunting down our first Christmas tree together, etc. I'm sure we'll find a few things this holiday season that we'll want to continue in the years to come.

2. Family Time
I've got a four day weekend for Christmas - perfect for spending plenty of time with both sides of our family {including my favorite sister-in-law who will be in town from London}
1. Going to the Christmas tree farm to find the perfect tree to put up in our first house
I had a cute little fake Christmas tree for the first six years after graduating college when I lived on my own but now? Now I get a real tree. We'll have a real tree in one room and my cute little fake one in another {because no, you can't ever have too many Christmas trees}

What are y'all looking forward to this holiday season??


  1. I love you but you just gave me a heart attack making me realize that Christmas is less than 40 days away and I haven't even started shopping! EEK! Lights at the zoo are the best and yay for hosting your first Thanksgiving!! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. ugh i haven't even started christmas shopping either. i don't want to! lol. wow, hosting thanksgiving! you go girl, good luck! i love christmas lights, they are the best :)

  3. AH I love all of these!! Especially your Asheville trip. We started that same tradition of going to the Biltmore at Christmas the year we got engaged. I had never been before and now it's a yearly tradition. We even usually take a day off work to do it so it's not as crowded!

  4. Yay for so many FUN Christmas traditions!! I'm so excited for all the fun that is coming :) This is my favorite season!

  5. Can't wait to hear how hosting for the first time goes! It's nerve wracking but I'm sure it will turn out beautifully!!

  6. Stocking on the fireplace is one thing I would be way excited about, too!! Can't wait for Thanksgiving to get here and have the fun really start!

  7. Aw so many fun things this holiday season for you guys!! Enjoy every second of it! I think we may have to come up for the zoo lights!

  8. Um.. is that first picture in Kiawah??? (If so I'm now thinking we need a winter trip there)

    But I love all of this - you guys are so similar to us. I was SO excited for our first Christmas too - the cards, traditions, etc. Love that you guys are already hosting Thanksgiving! We're doing it this year too and I can't wait!

  9. I'm so excited for the holidays, too! We have a tradition of going to look at Christmas lights one night during the holidays while listening to Christmas music and that's my favorite night ever! I want to bake sugar cookies too!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  10. All of the firsts for your first year are the best!! Enjoy all the traditions you guys are going to make! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston


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