April 24, 2014

Holiday Comforts

While the holiday season can get hectic (last week was a whirlwind) and my shopping is not nearly complete-  I cannot deny the cozy feelings the holiday brings. Sometimes when you need to stay zen in the hustle and bustle of it all, it’s a good idea to just focus on those things that bring cozy feelings- because in reality there is a lot more joy than stress when you put it all in perspective.

Here are a few things that bring me comfort through out the holiday season–

My Christmas Tree

I la-la-LOVE sitting at night watching TV by the glow of the tree. Each of our ornaments have some sentimental value to us, but we have one ornament in particular that always goes right to the top of the tree. It is a crystal Seahorse we received at our wedding from our friends parents.  On the back of the ornament box they wrote “When a seahorse mates, it mates for life. Wishing you a life time of love and happiness” … It was one of my favorite wedding gifts.

New York City

There is nothing like Christmas in New York City. The Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree, the store front windows… it all truly exudes holiday magic. My family and I always go to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular every year. It’s a tradition we all look forward to.

Family Christmas Specials

The kids love just about any holiday special, but to me- the holiday would not be complete without the claymation Rudolph and Frosty The Snowman movies. We always watch these with hot chocolate- I don’t know why, it just goes hand-in-hand.

Wrapping presents with Christmas music

Admittedly, I am wrapping paper challenged.  I just cannot get the swing of the whole awkward cutting. I always measure wrong and have jagged edges. My husband on the other hand is WAY better at this than I am.  So its always a good laugh while we’re wrapping because its always so obvious which ones he wrapped and which ones I attempted to wrap. Its all in good fun my friends, all in good fun.

Christmas Cookie Marathons

Through out the year I don’t do a ton of baking but when it comes to time for the holidays, my Christmas cookie bakeshop is in full swing. I make russian tea cookies, cheese cake cookies, pecan tarts, peanut butter thumbprints, and my mother in law’s recipe for tricolor cookies -which are always the first to disappear so I make a triple batch.

 

What are some of your holiday comforts?

 

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  • http://dianereiter.com Diane

    As soon as I looked at the photo of your tree that seashorse caught my eye. Beautiful! I think pulling the things i’ve gotten over the years out of boxes each year is comforting. Each one has a memory of a special person or event and I love that!

  • Amy Renea

    I’m SO with you with New York City…I wish I were going this year!  It is always so magical around Christmastime!