Friends, it’s DECEMBER!
In honor of one of my VERY favorite months of the year, I compiled some of my favorite ideas/traditions/things to do/things about the month in one post.
It’s my Christmas from A to Z.
Whether you have an Advent calendar for your family or want an Advent Bible study, it truly is the reason for the season. I’m currently working my way through The Wonder of Advent, and if you’re looking for a way to keep Christ in Christmas, it’s not too late to start!
You don’t need an actual cart (although how fun if you do?!), but keeping easy ingredients together for quick cocktails is a plus during the holiday season. From overnight company to drop in guests to parties, having the basics on hand for delicious cocktails and nibbles is oh so festive. This time of year, we keep things like cinnamon sticks, cranberries, rosemary and good quality hot chocolate on hand for some of our favorite cocktails. We also make sure we have plenty of club soda, Tennessee Fire, Irish Whiskey, vodka, tequila and a variety of wines on hand too for easy entertaining.
What do you do with your cards when they arrive? For years and years now, we have taped ours to our pantry door and/or kitchen cabinets and fridge. This way, it’s an easy way to display them and enjoy them all season long. Some years (when we’re on our A-game), we take them down after the holiday season and put them away by the kitchen table. At night, when it’s time to bless our meal, we’ll pull them out and pray over whichever family is the next card in our deck. This is a great way to remember the people you love the most and pray over them all year long.
Put them on your calendar early before the season gets too busy and you can’t make it happen. There is just something extra magical about adult time during the holiday season.
If you don’t love it by the glass, enjoy it by the slice! I love putting eggnog in seasonal recipes!
Turn it on no matter what the outside temp says. Nothing says “cozy” more than a fire at night while watching a movie.
Have you purchased all of your holiday gifts yet? Don’t forget about…
…my HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES!
As much as I love going out this time of year, there is just something super wonderful about staying at home too…especially with a fire and holiday movie!
One of our favorite traditions is hitting the ice!
Jammy Coca Christmas
This tradition is a must do every year! You can read about it HERE!
Don’t forget to go see the big guy himself!
One can simply not have too many lights up this time of year. We love to decorate inside and out with twinkle lights, and then we also love to drive around at night and see them on the homes in our community too.
Eeeeks! I love Christmas movies so much! Here are my TOP 9!
We have used this exact nativity for about 12 years. I love that it’s made for kiddos, so they can hold it, play with it, touch and learn the real reason we celebrate the holiday season easily. If you have little ones at your house, I highly recommend the Little People Christmas Story set.
They don’t have to just go on the tree! I love to decorate with them in so many different ways!
My Peppermint Gingersnap Christmas Crack is so easy and freezes so well! It’s such a fun little snack to have around the house during the holidays!
If you’re looking for a GREAT WAY to spend your quiet time each day, I simply cannot recommend The Bible Recap enough!
I have Reindeer Food for you to enjoy with a movie plus…
…some Reindeer Food especially made just to leave out on Christmas Eve for Santa’s crew too 🙂 .
I have your Stocking Gift Guides available too…
This will make Santa’s job so much easier!
One can never have too many trees 🙂 .
Up on the rooftop
Awwww! We love the lights on the rooftop!
One of our favorite traditions is taking a horse-drawn carriage ride in Dallas to see the gorgeous lights!
‘Tis the season for ugly sweaters and/or holiday pjs at the parties I host!
Don’t forget to NOT take the Christ out of Christmas 🙂 .
Have as many Yuletide moments as possible. This time of year only happens once!
Add a little zest to all of your favorite seasonal recipes like this one here for my Frosted Cranberry Orange Bread!
From A to Z, here’s a little bit of how we’re celebrating the season! I hope you have the merriest start to your December!
Before you leave today, make sure you check out this post too…
…it’s my 25 Days of Christmas Treats! They’re all so easy, so festive and so delicious.
Happy December, friends! xx