holiday traditions

i can’t believe thanksgiving is 9 days away. i feel like it was just the fourth of july. and then all of a sudden it was halloween. and now we’re quickly approaching thanksgiving which really feels like the start of the holidays for me. and i don’t hate it.

for as long as i can remember i’ve always looked forward to the holiday season. between the cold weather and [hopefully] snow covered ground, the music, the food, the parties, the decorations and smells, and overall gushy feeling of “i love my friends and family” i can’t decide what i like the best.


growing up, we always spent thanksgiving with our amazing friends, bob & betsy, at their house in the mountains. after piling everything into the car, making sure i have plenty of snacks and going to the bathroom just one more time, we hit the road headed for silverthorne. it could never be ‘thanksgiving in the mountains’ without starting the weekend at the outlets. the rest of the holiday is filled with hiking or snowshoeing, watching football [otherwise known as occasionally yelling at the tv], board games [here are some of our favorites…], endless bottles of wine, devouring books, and making great memories with loved ones.

christmas eve we spent in the mountains. after skiing all day we ate my great grandpa’s famous pasta dinner and headed back to the mountain for the torchlight parade [which i might add is a totally random event.] it’s filled with christmas music, a big bonfire and the ski patrol team skiing down the mountain with flares followed by santa. we would drive back to denver that night to spend christmas day at home. after coffee, we opened stockings and gifts and hopefully finished with the scavenger hunt by the time dinner came. christmas day might be my least favorite day of the whole holidays because it signaled an end of the seasons for me – any ideas on how to continue the spirit??


unfortunately, days in colorado are behind me and i’ve been forced to make new traditions. being part of the medical field has it’s ups and downs – healthcare never sleeps so thankfully i’ll always be able to find another job as an RN, but that also means i’ll be forced to work some holidays and as a new(ish) nurse i usually get to work the holidays no one else wants to work. this year, i’ll be working thanksgiving and new years and will have the entire christmas holiday off which is the first time in four years! we’ll bring some food into work and celebrate together as co-workers – gorging on leftover turkey sandwiches thanksgiving and popping sparkling apple cider to ring in the new year.


since i’ve started in the big girl world i’ve adopted a couple traditions specifically for myself – some big, some not so big, but all equally putting me in the holiday spirit:

watching the holiday at LEAST twice // making christmas cookies with my sister // going to a show at the flynn // reading this blog post // decorating the house [or over decorating as some would say…] // blasting christmas music at all times // cutting down my own christmas tree

anything i should add into my mix?


stealing this amazing quote from a cup of jo follower:

Ashley Sawyer says: “I grew up in foster care, and thus haven’t had a lot of family traditions to rely on throughout my life. During my sophomore year of college, however, my best friend and I randomly spent Christmas Eve together. What started out as an evening spent eating snacks and exchanging a few haphazard gifts has now grown to become an all-out event that we both treasure. At thirty two years old, we’ve spent the last thirteen Christmas Eves together. We have a fancy dinner, a big tree, decorations and lots hugs. We’ve endured failed recipes as amateur cooks, the ending of relationships, graduate school and pets – it’s what I suspect many people experience with their brothers and sisters. I live a great life now and am so lucky. Creating this tradition with my best friend taught me that family and love is truly what you make of it. And, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?”


what are your favorite traditions to get into the spirit?

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REALLY wishing i still lived in denver so i could order one of these beauties for my front door. i went to high school with the owner – check her out! and if you order one, let me know so i can live vicariously through you!

 

 

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another sunday come and gone already?! it was a beautiful weekend here in burlington, mother nature really came in big.


currently obsessing over this candle that i found in hudson last weekend. i have been looking for a candle that has a masculine scent without being overwhelming/overpowering, is relatively slow burning but also has the ability to scent up the entire room and it just can’t come in a super ugly jar. i’m happy to say i have finally found the one. some of the other candles i have been looking at just haven’t quite fit the bill. oh and did i mention that you’ll actually have some bills in your pocket even after buying this one??


now that i’m working full time nights i’ve had some more down time during the days and have been spending lots of time reading. i have always been the “omg i love books, and i couldn’t think of ever giving up a book for a device” reader but there’s something to be said about a kindle – trust me – you can easily pack hundreds of books for your vacation, it’s super light, you can read it in full sun [which you can’t off an ipad], and if you’re an amazon prime member you get free books! regardless, i couldn’t put the damn thing down when i was reading this book. and i promise, it’s much more light hearted than it appears on first glance. and thanks to this post from cup of jo, i’ll have all sorts of good suggestions to bring to the next book club! anyone reading something that you recommend?


it’s almost a sin to call fall in vermont complete without a combination of hiking, leaf peeping and/or apple picking. please try and find one person who hasn’t done any of those things this fall. and most everyone will try to get all three activities done in one day! anyways, i jumped on the band wagon and spent sunday afternoon in bolton going on this little hike. rounding out the afternoon with some beers at a waterbury brewery was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. and i fell in love with this beer. fullsizeoutput_1973.jpeg


happy monday!

t-5 days.

t-5 days.

christmas is sneaking up on us very quickly and it will seriously be here before we know it! this past weekend i had to work, but i was still able to sneak in a little holiday baking. luckily, i’m done with all my shopping after i made a few last minute purchases on chuch street this afternoon.


hard to beat church street with all the lights and we happened to catch the tail end of a sunset tonight too.0EEDDCD0-0647-4F00-921C-2E055C03108D.jpg


this year i went to a cookie party (and yes, cookie parties are a thing. i had actually never been to one, but it was a great excuse to have a couple cocktails, socialize, and feel just a litte bit more festive) i decided to make a couple different kinds of cookies but this recipe was definitely my favorite. especially with this royal icing recipe.

[about royal icing – yes it’s kind of weird that you use raw eggs, but it is seriously the best. i will most definitely not be using any old frosting from now on… i did get myself a little piping kit and a squeeze bottle which were both super helpful. i opted to use a butter knife in place of a spatula.]

the cookies are fool proof and the icing really is too. it definitely made us feel like we’re professional bakers.

we also made spritz cookies which essentially are butter, sugar, a tiny bit of flour, more butter, and sprinkles. no wonder i would always sneak them as a child….


with our tree up, lights turned on, and christmas cookies finished, it most certainly feels like the holidays around here. just missing my parents who fly in friday!!

my sister sent me a link she found on a cup of jo and directed me towards the comments section where everyone is talking about their christmas traditions. i’ll be reading that all night. with wine. and frank sinatra holiday tunes.

what are your favorite traditions? 6baf6b58-25b7-4956-9592-d770baf156bc