12 Things I Love About Christmas

Hey, everyone! How are you? Are you having a good weekend so far? I’ve finally finished all of my exams! Yay! And now, it’s time to relax. :) I am so excited about Christmas coming up. Here are twelve things I love about Christmas.

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1. The beautiful lights

I love walking down the street looking at all of the beautiful lights that our neighborhood puts up every year. It’s so beautiful.

2. Christmas Eve Service at Church

This is my absolute favorite thing about Christmas. Looking around my church during the Candlelight service, everything is so pretty!

3. Reading the Christmas Story

Jesus’ birth is the whole reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Without Him, there wouldn’t be a Christmas so, reading what the Bible says about His birth is one of the most important traditions of Christmas.

4. Putting up decorations

I love helping my family decorate the Christmas tree and the fireplace for Christmas. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until all of the decorations are up.

5. Christmas music

What is Christmas without Christmas music?

6. Remembering all of God’s blessings

I love this time of year because we are getting ready for the New Year but also celebrating Jesus who came as a Baby for us. During Christmastime, I like to remember what God has taught me, how He has changed my life and how He had everything in His hands even when I didn’t realize it.

7. Christmas parties with my friends

This year, I was blessed to have made so many friends. We all got together this week to have a Christmas party and it was SO much fun!

8. Yummy food

My mom makes an AMAZING chocolate pie every year for Christmas; it’s so good! She also makes a great Christmas dinner with thread meat and potatoes and salad. My sister loves to bake so around Christmastime, she bakes up a storm and keeps me full with plenty of treats. :)

9. Having family over

I’m pretty sure this is a given but family is amazing. :)

10. Writing Christmas cards

Every year, I help my parents but designing our Christmas cards and writing the addresses on the envelopes.

11. Having a break from school ;)

I love going to school but I also love having a break from school to just relax and breathe without having a pile of assignments staring at me every day. Hehe

12. Giving gifts

I love shopping for / making presents for my family and friends. I love seeing their reaction when they open up their gifts. It’s a lot of fun. :)

Well, there you go! What are some things that you love about Christmastime? I hope you all have a great day and a fantastic Christmas Break. :)

signi

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Glow in the Dark Party (Attempt #1)

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Hey, everyone! So I finally got around to writing this. For my sister’s birthday, she requested a glow-in-the-dark party. Well, the reason why “Attempt #1” is in the title is because I kind of failed. But I learned what not┬áto do next time so, it’s getting there.

The Cake

My family (with exception to one) has all fallen in love with coconut cake. But my sis couldn’t decide between the coconut or red velvet cupcakes so we bought the coconut cake (from Harris Teeter of course) and I planned to bake yellow (not red) velvet and then use tonic water and jello to make them glow in the dark under a black light. Well, we ran out of yellow food coloring so I added blue. As you might have guessed, it turned green. But not the pretty Easter green, no, it turned trash-can green. I must have used the wrong frosting recipe because it didn’t taste quite right. After the cupcakes cooled, I mixed the tonic water and jello together and dipped the cupcakes into the tonic water. After a couple of layers, I let the cupcakes cool and then tasted one. I’m sure my sister was being nice when she said that she liked them because they were not good. It was like red velvet with cream cheese and fruit frosting. I don’t know it was just bad. Using a black light, I tried to see if they glowed and they didn’t. At least we had the coconut cake!

The Decorations

Since the party was glow-in-the-dark themed, my mom and I went out and bought glow in the dark paint at Target. At home, I painted some signs and before hanging them up, I took them into a dark closet and checked to make sure it worked. It did at first but I guess it wore off by the time it got dark because it didn’t glow after that.

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Everything Else

The rest of the party went well. We played a scavenger hunt with a couple gifts hidden around with the cards. We did find these really cool gum balls at Target. They were a beautiful color and the birthday girl loved them.

We all had a wonderful time even though most of it didn’t work out. But I learned what not to do next time and that is a good thing. ;)

signi

Happy November!

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Happy November!

Is it just me or is Christmas getting earlier and earlier each year? I went to the mall today and they already have Christmas decorations! I also noticed that many people have put up their Christmas trees! Remember the times when people didn’t start putting out the Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving? Pretty soon there will be Christmas decorations up all year! (Okay, maybe that’s a little exaggerated.)

I always look forward to November. My favorite part of November is Thanksgiving and Family. It’s a great time to be thankful for all we have.

My challenge for you this month is to think about all you have that you would normally take for granted and be thankful for those things.

signi

What are you looking forward to most in November? Let me know in the comments below.