Blogmas Day 11: Favorite Christmas Movies

I don’t think it is a secret that I HATE the cold with a passion. But one benefit of cold, crappy weather is getting to curl up with a nice cozy blanket and enjoy your favorite Christmas movies! Charlie Brown’s Christmas The Muppet’s Christmas Carol Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of the Misfit … Continue reading Blogmas Day 11: Favorite Christmas Movies

Blogmas Day 9: Favorite Christmas Ornament

I have seen others share their favorite Christmas tree ornaments so I would take a moment and share mine with you. I will be honest... I can't just pick one... So you are going to get to see our collection of Peanuts ornaments and our collection of the Misfit Toys from Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer … Continue reading Blogmas Day 9: Favorite Christmas Ornament

Blogmas Day 6: Give an Experience, Make a Memory

I have previously mentioned that as an extended family, instead of purchasing and giving material gifts, we are starting a new tradition called “Give an Experience Make a Memory”. Chances are you have probably seen or heard a little bit about this on social media somewhere but if not I will explain how this is … Continue reading Blogmas Day 6: Give an Experience, Make a Memory

Blogmas Day 5: Secret Santa Extravaganza

After having discussed the differences between a Secret Santa gift exchange and a White Elephant gift exchange yesterday, I thought that I would talk about the three Secret Santa gift exchanges I participated in this year.  I signed up for these exchanges online. The first exchange I signed up for was one that consisted of … Continue reading Blogmas Day 5: Secret Santa Extravaganza

Blogmas Day 4: Secret Santa VS White Elephant

It is not uncommon this time of year for families, friend groups, teams, and even offices to partake in Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchanges. However, it's also not uncommon for people to use these terms interchangeably, but the guidelines for each of these exchanges are very different.  Generally, during a Secret Santa gift … Continue reading Blogmas Day 4: Secret Santa VS White Elephant

Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Over the Years

Like most families, our family dynamic has changed and that has effected how we have celebrated holidays in general, but most significantly how we celebrate Christmas. My dad and Brooke (egg donor) separated when I was just 4 or 5 years old. Once they were officially separated, she stopped coming around for her designated supervised … Continue reading Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Over the Years

Blogmas Day 2: Why Christmas Isn’t My Favorite Holiday

I mentioned in Blogmas Day 1 that since my (step) mom passed in March of 2011, our family has struggled to muster the Christmas cheer. I haven’t really talk about my mom’s death here… not for any particular reason, it just hasn’t really felt like the appropriate time. Maybe I will share more after the … Continue reading Blogmas Day 2: Why Christmas Isn’t My Favorite Holiday

Blogmas Day 1: Spirit of Christmas

I have decided to participate in Blogmas this year. I think that it will help kick my bum into Christmas gear. Ever since my (step) mom passed almost 7 and a half years ago, Christmas just hasn't felt like Christmas... We'll talk more about that in another post, but my goal this Christmas is to … Continue reading Blogmas Day 1: Spirit of Christmas