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...
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?