It's the Most Wonderful Time...December is Here!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Can you believe it? The month of December has finally arrived--I have to admit, I've been stalking it for at least a good month or two. We bought our real tree last night and we'll be decorating it tonight {pictures to come} and our Chrstmas cards are officially on their merry way to friends and family. A little jump start on my list so I can have some time to ENJOY the holidays!
This year, we have so many fun events and things going on that I want to soak up as much time as possible doing the things I love most:
Watching favorite Christmas movies. Tomorrow night, us girls are getting together to celebrate our yearly tradition—pizza, cookies, and snuggling up to watch Love Actually and The Holiday! Cannot wait.
Shopping with Mom…our tradition starts when we get in the car—Barbra Streisand’s Jingle Bells is immediately played to get us in gear and then it’s off to Starbucks for a little warm goody before we head off to the stores to attack! Once we’re done tired from carrying around bags all day, we call the boys and meet up to rendezvous.
Dicken's Christmas. Another annual tradition we simply cannot miss. The streets of downtown Franklin are transformed with fun characters dressed up, hot sugar plums to purchase, and the local shops are open to do some holiday browsing and shopping...it's something we do every year and one of the things I look forward to most!
New York City...not a tradition by any means, yet this year 8 of us are heading north the weekend before Christmas to frolick in Times Square, sip on some frozen hot chocolate courtesy of Serendippity, settle in on Broadway for The Lion King, navigate our way through Central Park, dance on the lifesize piano at FAO Schwartz, take in the tree in Rockefeller Plaza, bargain with my favorites in Chinatown, and indulge in some of the best food you can find. The itinerary is set, and we've got so much fun planned I can hardly wait! 15 days and counting...
Christmas Eve. This year, we'll be heading to my parents house for the day to spend time with just us 4. We get all dressed up, head over to church for communion and a candlelight service to sing our favorite holiday carols, and then treat ourselves to Ruth's Chris for a festive dinner. It's something we started doing years ago and it's a tradition I hold near and dear to my heart...then it's home to sip on some hot cocoa, play a few board games, and then call it a night so Santa can come and visit.

Let the season OFFICIALLY begin!! What are some of the fun celebrations you have planned for this year?

- 24 Comments

  1. I went to the Christmas Tree lighting at the Rockefeller Center last night and it definitely did not disappoint! I am in NYC till tomorrow and there is so much left I want to do/see! I can certainly see why you love this place so much!

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  2. I love Frankin's Dickens Christmas! That is becoming a tradition for us as well!! :)

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  3. The Holiday & Love Actually are my 2 favorite Christmas movies too! And my husband and I might be going to NYC for New Years this year!! YAY! Hope you and your friends have a great time :)

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  4. Omgoodness, I MUST go home and watch the Holiday after work now :) Definitely one of my favorites!

    I'm looking forward to date night at our local zoo's "Festival of Lights" such a fun time!

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  5. I watched the tree lighting last night at Rockefeller plaza and decided that some year I want to go see it in person! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  6. love bokah pictures of christmas lights!

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  7. Ohh I'm so jealous you're going to NY before Christmas! I'm going in January so I'll miss all the fun holiday stuff - I hope you have so much fun!!!

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  8. That is so exciting that you are going to NY for Christmas! I've never been there, much less at Christmas time, but it looks beautiful!

    I hope you'll check out my Michael Kors Giveaway! It ends tonight!

    Lauren

    http://www.laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

    http://www.laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/2011/11/michael-kors-giveaway-to-start-your.html

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  9. These sound like such fun and lovely traditions! I hope you have a fabulous time in NY, can't wait to see pics! :)

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  10. sounds like you are about to have an awesome december! im hosting a gingerbread house making party [just posted about it on my blog!] and am going into the city TWICE before christmas! cant wait!! :)

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  11. Love your holiday traditions!!! and super jealous of you going to new year...that will be a blast i am sure of it :)

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  12. How exciting! NYC is so exciting this time of year!

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  13. I am already super excited about Christmas, but reading your post made me even more excited! NYC at Christmas is perfection.

    Merry Christmas!

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  14. Sounds like you have a great December lined up! Enjoy it! :)

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  15. Love your Christmas Eve tradition. It sounds like so much fun! And I love Love Actually. I just watched it again for the millionth time!

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  16. Love what you have lined up! So organized and prepared!! :)

    I loooove Love Actually! Great movie, girlie!

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  17. Pizza and Christmas movies sounds like such a fun night!

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  18. I just love your blog! I'm a southern girl living in Chicago, so it reminds me of home. I actually got married at Scarritt Bennett, too! (5/2010)

    http://adventuresofthenewlywed.blogspot.com/

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  19. You have some great Christmas traditions! I would love to see New York during Christmas time- I'm sure its so beautiful and festive.

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  20. You are going to have a blast in NYC! We took a girls trip last year and it was an absolute blast!!! Not to mention beautiful; the lights, the sounds, the shopping - it's all amazing!

    Can't wait to see pictures from your trip :)

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  21. Jealous of your upcoming trip to NYC! One of my favorite cities- especially around Christmas time! Enjoy it :)

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  22. I'm so excited that the holidays are here!! I'm ready for some fun with family and friends, and of course that movie watching too :)

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  23. I can't wait to see your NY Itinerary! We are going on the 21st of this month and I can't wait!

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