Christmas is less than ten days away. The most wonderful time of the year is undoubtedly in full swing, and there is still so much to do. Yes, there are presents to be bought, but they’ve never been the most important of holiday traditions. As my friends and I have gotten older, very few of us actually exchange gifts anymore. Instead, we go out to eat, share a meal, and just enjoy the time together. I like that better than exchanging gifts that may or may not actually go to use. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving and receiving gifts, but as you get older, they become far less important.
Unless it’s a gift card. Gift cards are actually the best.
I’ve got to tell you though, I’m really excited about the gift my family is getting for my sister. She’s absolutely convinced it’s a gag gift because we keep laughing about it, but the truth is, it’s a really great gift. She’s going to love it, even though I know she doesn’t think she will.
Some of our Christmas traditions have already taken place, for example decorating the family tree.
This tree is actually pretty awesome. We’ve got some great ornaments. For example, my very favorite ornament, my Mimi’s bells.
Then there’s Rudolth the Red Nosed Reindeer. No, that’s not a typo.
There’s the Scottish flag and Santa in a kilt…
And of course, we have One Direction, because who wouldn’t have One Direction on their Christmas Tree?
We also have the Magic School Bus. Talk about a classic.
Along with an array of other old and oddball ornaments.
It’s a great tree.
But just because the house is decorated, it doesn’t mean that Im ready for Christmas to be here just yet. For example, I still need to drink a holiday hot chocolate and drive around looking at Christmas lights. My sister and I also need our 3rd annual Christmas Double Movie Day. In years past, we’ve seen the newest Disney movie accompanied by the newest Hobbit movie, but this year, we’re branching out and seeing Night at the Museum and The Theory of Everything. There are other Christmas movies I still need to watch. There are Christmas songs to be sung. I still have Christmas fudge to make, as well as our family history scrapbook, which I’ll be sharing with my mom’s side of the family.
For the record, we have a lot of ancestors. Who knew, right?
On top of all of this, I’m working to finish the first draft of my upcoming book by December 31. I’m pretty sure I’ll make it. I was planning it out, and I estimate I only have six chapters left. That’s kind of awesome.
Please keep in mind also that there are only 9 days left to enter my Christmas GoodReads Giveaway!
I hope you are all having a festive countdown to Christmas! What are some of your favorite traditions?