A Former Grinch

I've never liked Christmas. Or the whole "holiday season" to be honest. I grew up in the northeast, where the holiday season, to me, really only meant blizzards and seasonal depression. But things have slowly been changing over the last couple years. I've been trying to enjoy this time of year a lot more. Being in sunny California with the boyfriend is certainly to blame for my newly expressed holiday joy. 



For our first Cali Xmas together, I wanted a palm tree Xmas tree. I needed it. Had to have it. "If I'm gonna like this stupid holiday, I'm gonna need a palm tree!" But after a few days of it being set up in our apartment, I realized how cheesy it was. My mom and sister came to visit that year, so maybe the "holiday spirit" was shining through because of my little sister. She was 10 at the time, so Christmas was still exciting and Santa dropped her presents off in California...
LOLZ
this was before the family got in town...

Last year, the boyfriend did good. I came home from work one day and there was a perfect REAL tree in our living room. It was such an awesome surprise and I couldn't wait to decorate it. And DeNiro was brand new and couldn't wait to kill it. 



This year, ideally we'd like to go home back to blizzard land. But there's this evil empire called airlines and they legit triple the prices for flights during any holiday. So we'll be having our 3rd Cali Christmas and I'm already brainstorming of how to make this one special. Anything to keep the Grinch from creeping back into my soul. And I realize it's only the beginning of November, but I think we can all agree that time is speeding by us all and we'll be hearing Christmas music in the grocery store and santa will be setting up shop at the mall any day now... so I'm not sorry if you feel this post is too early. Ya Grinch! The red cups are already at Starbucks so that pretty much sets the holiday kick off in stone. I'll admit though, I kinda wanna slaughter that elf on the shelf. So there's still a little bit of that Grinchyness in me. 

What's your favorite thing to do at this time of year? Do you have any traditions? 



28 comments :

  1. I used to be a bit of a grinch myself, especially since the holidays meant seasonal depression for some family members. But now I love the holidays. I now live in a house with my boyfriend(as opposed to condos and apartments that I grew up in) and so we can actually decorate the house with lights. It's such a novelty to me and I love it!

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  2. The elf on the shelf creeps me out to no end. Love that DeNiro wanted to kill the tree, he is IN IT in that 2nd photo!

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  3. i love this post simply for deniro's toosh sticking out of the tree.:)

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  4. I love Christmassy activities but I hate the coldness and darkness, I'm pretty sure I have seasonal depression because after Halloween it is cold and dark and rainy in Seattle until...may! Eek! Thank God for weekend trips to sunshiney California!

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  5. You listen here, missy. You get your ass here to Florida and I'll show you how the holidays are done. AKA a lot of alcohol (on my part) and me saying every last damn truth that could possibly spill out of my mouth about how I really feel about my family. You'll have a great time, I promise.

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  6. For some reason that picture of DeNiro's little kitty bum is cracking me up.

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  7. Every years the girls and I head up to Maine for Xmas by the Sea and get all our shopping done! It is so fun and since it is just us girls its a total gigglefest full of memories! Totally gets us in the spirit too.

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  8. oh boy, i really, really, really hope you reconsider your love for chirstmas :) it's the best.

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  9. I wasn't much of a Christmas fan until I had my Baby Bear. Our tree is already up, it went up Sunday! She said she was going to cry because it was just so beautiful.

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  10. i like the palm tree xmas!! lol!!

    christmas is the best! but i do love me some snow to make it official :)

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  11. i like xmas better without snow lol. but probably because i had it forever

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  12. that's awesome! i wish i had done that when i was a kid

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  13. well, when you put it like that, I feel like I should already be on a plane!
    that would be loads o' fun because I tell how I really feel about my family even when I'm sober, so in a dual drunk fest it would be glorious entertainment!

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  14. seasonal depression is a real thing, so you could be right! but true, it's good you're not too far from CA :)

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  15. well I got that palm tree at Walmart, i think it was like 60 bucks

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  16. i think i'm way more lazy at taking them down. maybe if i put them up earlier this year, by dec 26th i'll be so sick of them i'll rip 'em all down.

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  17. he ended up taking like everything off the tree last year. he was just a baby, now that he's a big boy now, i think he's gonna take the whole thing down this year hahaha

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  18. i find it more enjoyable now that i'm with my boyfriend and it's just us, no drama :)

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  19. Not really. I want to, though. I think once I get my own place again it will be easier for me to do something special.

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  20. It is so fun and we look forward to it every year!

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  21. I can be kind of grinchy. I love the gift giving aspect of the holiday but not a fan of the cold weather or hectic feeling of the season.

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  22. I love all the Christmas things. I'm more depressed in the summer. We always bake cookies and watch Elf and Home Alone. When the kids are in bed, I watch The Holiday and The Family Stone. We decorate the tree together. And we have one of those creepy Elf on the Shelfs. It'll be the third year for that. Can't wait!

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  23. I love Christmas, I'm already singing Christmas songs. That elf on the shelf though, he's freaking scary. I wish he'd just go away.

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