December 08, 2014

8 Things That Happen Every Christmas

Want to know how much I love Christmas? We put our tree up the weekend before Thanksgiving, and it wasn't soon enough. The inside of the house is decorated. The exterior of the house is decorated. My office cubicle is decorated. If I could get away with wearing reindeer antlers and candy cane pajamas at work, I totally would. On a scale of 1 to 10, my love of Christmas is at Buddy the Elf.

When I saw Helene's Christmas-themed post today, I knew I had to copy it. Here are 8 things that tend to happen every holiday season. The more traditions I can add, the happier I'll be.

1. Watch my favorite Christmas movies
The list includes Elf. Home Alone, The Holiday, The Family Stone, and Bridget Jones's Diary. I also love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Family Man, Four Christmases, and Love Actually. If you think Bridget Jones's Diary isn't a Christmas movie, you're wrong. Two Words: Reindeer Jumper

Like I mentioned above, I decorate at home and work. I put the tree up as early as I can. I'm not really a fan of knick knacks throughout the year, but this goes out the window during the holidays. I have Christmas salt and pepper shakers. I have snowman candlestick holders. I even have holiday kitchen towels.

3. Go to Zoo Lights
The Memphis Zoo has an annual event every year called Zoo Lights. It's exactly what you think it is. The zoo gets decorated in lights. They have fake snow, train rides and other fun activities. And Santa's there!

4. Go to Starry Nights
Starry Nights is another fun yearly event. It's a drive-through holiday light show featuring over 1 million lights. Sometimes we go with family. Sometimes we go with friends. Either way, there's hot chocolate and Christmas carols.

5. Listen to Christmas carols
Speaking of Christmas carols, I'm addicted! I have over 100 songs in my collection. I add new ones every year. There's classic carols. There's modern carols. There's classic carols with a modern twist. I've got Bing, Dean, Frank, Elvis, and Etta. I've got Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Boyz II Men, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash and the Home Alone Soundtrack. The list goes on.

6. See Santa
Dain's 9. Rory's 6. I'm going to take them to sit on Santa's lap until they refuse. When they stop, maybe I'll start. #ThatMom

7. Drink too much at the office Christmas part(ies)
I have margaritas with the girls on a fairly regular basis. I don't get shitfaced anymore though. It simply takes too long to recover these days. But there's something about a Christmas party that makes me want to get good and drunk. My boss knows what's up. This year, our entire department is going to the casino. He got us rooms for the night. This means I can get doubly drunk, right?

8. Elf on the Shelf
Four years later and I'm still moving around this dang Elf on the Shelf. What did I get myself into?

Tell me, what are some of your Christmas traditions?


Christina said...

I love this post! I'm such a Christmas freak too!! Our vacation over Thanksgiving sort of ruined my flow and we just put up our tree yesterday. Now there's only 2 1/2 weeks to enjoy it. Boo. We plan on packing in all the fun activities we can until then though.

Stephanie said...

They have Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo here too, it's really pretty! I hope I have time to make it this year, it's so fun.

Allena said...

This was neat! I will be stealing. I am also at a Buddy the Elf level of excitement about Christmas, but we're in an apartment this year while our house is being built, and ALLLLLL my decorations are in storage. I currently have a 3' tree in my living room and lights on the balcony railing. I am pretty sad at my life right now. Ha!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I love this!

The only real tradition I have at this point is watching Christmas movies. I'm sure that will change if/when I get married and have a family.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I love all of this, even that damn elf! haha!

You know a few years ago the entire family (Mike's brothers, sisters, and girlfriends and nephews ALL went to see Santa. We crowded around the Jolly old man, and took a photo... there were I think 10 of us!!!! It was insane and it's still a favorite memory of mine, but all the boys hem and haw about it when mentioned. His mom adored it and I'm like CAN'T YOU JUST DO THIS FOR YOUR MOM!!!