Today is the big day. Give yourself a quick break to read this post. You need to relax from all the cooking and planning. I’m here to help you with that. First, take three deep breaths. Seriously, three deep breaths can change everything. If that advice can help my friend on her wedding day, I assure you it will help on Thanksgiving! Now, follow along as I highlight the 10 BEST things about Thanksgiving Dinner! Once you’re in a good mood, you’re free to get back to that cooking and hosting!
How excited are you?!I’ve got a paper chain next to my desk because I’m six years old today. Christmas makes my inner child burst out like the Honeycomb craving monster. As I’m going through my checklist, I’m turning into a blog to help out any readers who are still unprepared for the holiday. Organization and preparation are key to having a fun, stress-free Christmas. Complete this checklist, then let yourself be a child for a little bit. Just because we age doesn’t mean we have to let that happy spirited little monster inside of us disappear.
Make a Christmas To-Do List
Write down any incomplete Christmas tasks you’ve yet to finish. Consolidating a larger list will make it feel less intimindating, increasing your motivation to get going on it
You want to ensure family and friends get your Christmas cards with enough time to display for the holiday season. By now, you should have seasonal portraits. Try to have them all sent out by the end of this week.
If you plan to stay home and shop this year, be sure to check out the deals at our online store. However, you might be like many other people who are adventuring out into the wilderness of Black Friday shopping. Black Friday doesn’t have to mean Broke Saturday or Broken Bone Sunday. You can have a great time saving money and finding deals, you just have to keep a few important things in mind.
If you’re brave and motivated enough to go out on Black Friday Morning, try some of these survival tips!
– Don’t carry large bags or purses; they make it easier for people to grab at you. They’re also easy targets for theft.
– Avoid hoodies and hats that block peripheral vision. This kind of shopping is like rush hour traffic, you need to be alert and aware.
– Don’t go alone. There’s strength in numbers and friends can make it fun instead of stressful.
– Keep your phone charged, because you’ll likely be separated. It’s almost impossible to find someone once you lose him or her on Black Friday.
– In the event of a stampede, give up and find an exit. No deal is worth your safety. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen too often anymore, but you never know!
We all have our favorite TV shows and movies. What better way to decorate our trees and show our personality, than with gorgeous novelty ornaments. We have a variety of these ornaments at our online store. I’ve highlighted some of the awesome ones I would pick out for my tree. Be sure to check our store for your favorite movie or TV show. Just because I didn’t list it here doesn’t mean we don’t have it. Try doing a quick search for your favorite characters and see what wonderful things you might find!
HBO Series Entourage is one of my favorites. We have a variety of ornaments, with quotes from the show, the Entourage logo and more.
We have too many wonderful ornaments from The Simpsons. This is one of my favorite shows from childhood, so Bart and Homer are a must for the tree!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Okay, so I went overboard here, but with good reason. I LOVE this movie. I watch it several times every year. If you’ve seen this movie, you love this movie. It’s just how it goes. My home is filled with Rudolph items, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
This movie, almost everyone has seen. It’s a lifetime favorite for so many people. This ornament perfectly captures the hilarity of the Griswold Tree. Don’t worry, no squirrels.
Game of Thrones
The only thing I love more than GoT, is the Family Crests. Check out the Taragaryen, Stark, and Lannister decorative ornaments we have. How awesome are these?!
This show has been on for years, and we have a variety of the coolest Doctor Who items ever. Just look at a few of them!
Hands down, my favorite Christmas movie is the 1964 animated classic, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. As a young child, I loved it because Rudolph was so adorable, and his adventures were exciting. Also, I cherished the misfit toys, because like so many kids, I felt like one of them. I also loved watching it with my family every year.
For almost three decades I’ve been saying “Who would ever want to play with a CHARLIE IN THE BOX”, and everyone laughs because I sound just like him. Most of all however, I loved the message of the movie. I love the life lessons it offers. When I have kids, they’ll watch this movie, and then their kids will watch this movie. See the reason for my obsession in the clips below.
One of the most popular holiday traditions is watching Christmas movies on Thanksgiving night after dinner. You also watch holiday movies while wrapping presents, cooking, or just relaxing with the family. I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite Christmas movies to help get you started. Try to watch most or all of these before Christmas Day!
When I’m not blogging or consistently thinking about the holidays, I’m actually a pretty normal person. Okay, normal might be a stretch, but my point is, I’m not a blog factory. Each post stems from something I did that day or talked about with family and friends. Today’s post is no different.
Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of CW shows, specifically “The 100”. Well, “A lot of” is an understatement. I’ve been binge-watching it like it’s freshman year of college. Anyways, this scene put a creepy, terrifying spin on one of my favorite Christmas songs. Watch this clip and see if you ever think of “Carol of the Bells” the same way again.
The song was stuck in my head this morning so I hunted for it. Then I realized, it’s Mid-November and I haven’t created a Christmas Playlist yet! Well, you’re in luck because I was motivated this morning. I created another Spotify playlist of my favorite Christmas songs (in my favorite versions of course). I even included the new, spooky “Carol of the Bells”!
As always, here’s the list of songs if you’re not a Spotify user.
Last Christmas – Wham!
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Seth MacFarlane Sara Bareilles
Nothin’ for Christmas – The Jimmies
Silver and Gold – Burl Ives
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town – Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers
My Only Wish (This Year) – Britney Spears
Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Ella Fitzgerald
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year – Andy Williams
Frosty The Snowman – Bowling For Soup
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Bowling For Soup
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Kermit The Frog
Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
The Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash
O Christmas Tree – Tony Bennett
Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
What’s This? – Danny Elfman
Kidnap The Sandy Claws – Danny Elfman & Paul Reubens
Jingle Bells – Michael Buble ft. The Puppini Sisters
Carol Of The Bells – Mannaheim Steamroller
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing – A Charlie Brown Christmas
Many people practice a Vegetarian diet. While many vegetarians don’t expect people to cook special dishes just for them, it’s a nice gesture to do so. When hosting Thanksgiving this year, you may have a guest or two that prefers meatless dishes. As someone with a large collection of vegetarian and vegan friends, I always have something special at my parties for them. I found pins and videos of my favorite recipes to help you offer some meatless options at your table this year.
Butternut Squash & Alfredo Stuffed Shells
Vegetarian Potato-Crusted Quiche with Zucchinni, Tomatoes, and Feta