Getting Festive

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Happy Holidayyyys! ❀ Today is Christmas Eve and with all the recent and upcoming festivities I wanted to squeeze some time in to pop in and say Merry Christmas since I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Last night we met up with my boyfriend’s family’s for their annual bake-a-thon, where we baked and decorated an arsenal of Christmas cookies. Shapes ranged from reindeer to unicorns and everything in between. Seriously, I mean everything in between. We also had an armadillo-shaped cookie and a penis-shaped cookie because inappropriate baked goods are funny. His mom also made these delicious pastries called Rugelach.

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We’re celebrating tonight’s Christmas Eve at my boyfriend’s parents’ house, and Christmas over with my family so I’m pretty excited. I feel like I did a lot of holiday stuff this year. More than I think I usually do, so while all the running around can be stressful and tiring at times, it did make for a particularly festive holiday season so far. πŸ™‚

Some of the holiday highlights included:

Visiting a historical village’s Holiday Nights event. It was really cool walking around after dark, learning some interesting stuff and seeing the rambunctious β€œmurmurers” in action. I didn’t know anything about this old β€œmurmuring” holiday tradition, but apparently it involves revelers of the season dressing up in disguises to go house-to-house for food and drink and partying it up. So, it’s kind of like Halloween at Christmas for adults, except you get booze instead of candy. Not too shabby, in my opinion. Why the heck did we do away with this awesome tradition?

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Goings to an outdoor Kringle Market and shopping around for lots of goodies, including my new favorite dessert, The Christmas Kronut. This was my second year going, and although the crowd can be a bit much, I plan on going again next year. It was a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

Christmas shopping for my loved ones is always a fun thing to do. I love when you find someone the perfect gift and then seeing the look on their face when they open it. I will say, though: I normally quite dislike wrapping the presents. It’s just tedious. lol My attention span has never been in it. I moaned and groaned the whole way through it, but I think I actually did a decent job wrapping gifts this year. I’m not known for my wrapping skills, in fact, I’m known for purposely wrapping the gifts in a manner that makes it look like a toddler did it. Or a drunk uncle. One or the other.

The work holiday party was also a lot of fun. I’ve mentioned before that I work as a program instructor at a day program for adults with special needs. I love my job every day, but seeing all their faces light up when they got to meet Santa Clause and taking our room caroling around the entire building was just so nice. We sang fun, upbeat songs like Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, etc. and had a bunch of fun instruments for everyone to play. We did a big potluck and since I baked a bunch of stuff for the last couple work parties I decided to take it easy on myself for this one and brought in rolls and made a some delicious Garlic Parmesan Butter to go with them.

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Minus some stressful family medical issues that have luckily since been improving, the last month of 2017 has been a pretty good one. πŸ™‚ I’m excited to see what the new year will bring. I hope you guys all enjoy what’s left of the holiday season and have plenty of festivities of your own! ❀

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20 thoughts on “Getting Festive”

  1. Nice post. I feel you on the wrapping presents thing. I think a blind elephant could wrap prezzies better than me. I wrapped mine tonight but I’ve drank a bottle of port so me thinks the wrap job is even worse than usual haha. Ahh well my boyish charm will make up for it in the morning! Merry Christmas Miss Moth

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  2. Most of my gifts look like they’ve been wrapped by a toddler, I only like wrapping evenly-shaped things like books and boxes! The bake-a-thon sounds fab, any excuse for some yummy cookies. Merry Christmas – I hope you and your family have a lovely time! Β β™₯
    Caz x

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    1. Yes! I couldn’t agree more. Oddly shaped presents are like the bane of Christmas gift wrapping. I got my boyfriend’s mom and dad this really neat wooden Michigan-shaped basket thing with a rustic bottle opener on it and it wouldn’t fit in the gift bag I bought for it so I had to last-minute wrap up this lumpy hideous-looking present. It was pretty rough looking. lol
      And thank you so much, I hope you and yours have a merry Christmas and fantastic new year, too! ❀

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  3. Merry Christmas! That holiday tradition sounds amazing! I’m just imagining booze filled ciders by the punch bowls lol. I’m happy you are enjoying the holidays and I wish you a safe and fun trip into the new year!

    -Luna πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, happy holidays to you and Salem as well! I hope you guys are enjoying plenty of festivities of your own! Oh, and I wanted to tell you I just got vol. 1 of Batwoman Rebirth for Christmas! I’m pretty sure I remember you saying that it was starting off so strongly so I am very excited to finally get to read it! πŸ˜€

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  4. I did the same thing as you and took it easy on making things for parties this year. Fancy cheesecake dips for both! (I mean really they’re only fancy because…cheesecake.) I’m so happy that you’re finally embracing Christmas to the fullest! I was more laid back about it this year, seems we’re trading places in life. πŸ˜›

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    1. Aw, thanks, luv! ❀
      Cheesecake dip sounds so amazing. I may have to try making something like that for the next work shindig. Like you said, it's not that hard but still swanky since it's cheesecake. πŸ˜‰
      I can't wait til we can get together and do our Christmas together. I wanna give you your prezzies soooo bad! lol

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