Hey there, guys! Let’s get today’s Blogmas rolling! Yesterday I talked about recapturing the Holiday Spirit, this one is for those of you who’s Holiday Cheer never left! I really don’t want to give the impression that I hate the holidays. To the contrary, although some Christmas songs tend to grate on my nerves. Since I grew up, I had to rediscover my love for the holiday season.
The best thing about trying to rekindle that spark in myself is finding new things to love about this most festive time of year!
Family (blood, and not)
Like I went into a little in the last post, I was raised with a large extended family that loved the holidays. Every holiday was a huge event where family from all over would congregate in my hometown. Since I left, I haven’t celebrated but once. And the one time that I did, didn’t really leave a good taste in my mouth. I opted to not celebrate again and my Cheer up and left.
This year is different. I did find a new job, partner, friends… Even the coworkers start to feel like family when you’re with them so much. I love the sense of togetherness that this season affords us. Really, I would even be happy without the promise of presents and food, though of course, those are perks. I just love where we are for the most part.
I’m discovering that one of the best parts about this season is celebrating, not with exclusively the family you were born with but opening your heart to the family that you have the potential to meet. Family has the potential to be everywhere around you, you just need to look around and be open to forming those connections. Righ now, I’m just at a very grateful (albeit semi-stressful) place. And, in case anyone is wondering if I consider them family; Absolutely.
The Five Senses
I did briefly go into this yesterday, as well, but the sights are stunning. Depending where you are, you may have snow (lucky) or you may have the remnants of fall shaking themselves free from the sparse branches. Either way, it’s sure to be made stunning by those unsung heroes who decorate and really channel that Christmas feeling. I know in particular, my neighbors go a little crazy with the decorations. It’s nearly impossible to be upset while looking at Christmas lights and decorations. I always found myself begrudgingly enjoying the gorgeous colors, even when I was adamant about not celebrating.
This is an easy one; the music. I know every word to so many songs even if I haven’t listened to it in years. There’s something so timeless about Christmas music. Not only that, have you ever tried to not sing along with All I Want For Christmas is You? I fail that challenge every time. The other one that always gets me is Last Christmas. I mean, I absolutely can’t not belt out his heartbreak. Some of my other absolute favorites are down below!
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home); I found the one on again while watching an ABC Family Christmas movie years ago and I made a note to memorize the lyrics so I could find it again. I LOVE this one so much.
- All I want for Christmas; This one brought to us by Vince Vance and the Valiants was always so hard for me to find before I memorized the name of the band!
- Mary’s Boy Child; I’m not particularly religious, nor have I ever been, really, but I have always loved this song. It has a tropical, islandic feeling that’s like summer in the middle of the harsh winter. I loved this song for so many years! It has a heck of a hook.
This one is also a rehash of the last post in a way. I love some of the tastes of the season, namely peppermint! I also love the inventive flavors of coffee and cocoa that come out. When we were shopping last week we found some amazing flavors of cocoa in a set. We have plans to go back and grab them to enjoy for our Second Christmas together! I’m legit pretty excited, especially for the caramel flavors.
I’ve also come across some pretty amazing Christmas coffees too, like the more fall oriented one from Fountain City! Check out the local places to you to see what kind of unique drinks you can find before they’re gone!
What does Christmas feel like? Christmas feels like warmth, and being wrapped in soft fluffy fabric. The entire affair, despite being in the dead of winter feels very warm to me. That feeling of warmth and love is something I’ve found myself yearning for over the year.
One of my favorite things about his season, hands down. Which isn’t remarkable, as that’s what this whole post is about. I love the scents I associate with the holiday. I primarily associate the scent of evergreen with vanilla and the smell of wood from the fireplace. The vanilla in my memories is sometimes interrupted by the smell of cocoa or coffee that became more prevalent as I got older. But vanilla is a smell I associate with almost every precious memory.
Another thing I love about this season is that despite the evident prevalence of tradition that permeates time, is that none of it is set in stone. The holidays have the capacity to mean so many different things to so many different people. To some, it can mean what it used to mean to me, large parties with the extended family and making long road trips. Or it can fall more in line with what it means to me recently, solitude with my future husband and enjoying this new family I’ve found.
This is the year that we’re trying to start out own traditions together. We’re getting our first tree, figuring out the staple foods and festivities and generally just figuring out what it means to us. Do we want to celebrate with friends? Without? Do we want to partake of cliche` ideas? Gingerbread houses? Stereotypical color coordination? Stockings?
In short- heck yeah. The beautiful thing is that no matter what you choose one year, you’re free to change your mind next time. The tradtions you build are yours to find comfort in as you please and there’s something so beautiful about that to me.
This post actually went on a little bit longer than I thought it would to be honest. I guess I’m relieved to know that I was able to find some love for a holiday that ceased to move me years ago. I’m finding the ability to enjoy the nostalgia and the closeness with those around me extremely cathartic. I’m looking forward to making new memories about these times, this year and the in the years to come.
What are you guys looking forward to in the coming holiday?