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Hi all! Did you guys have a good weekend? As usual I try to take advantage of the weekend to take a break from my work life and blogging life to relax and have some me time. Since it is November, I am starting to feel the holiday fever. This is the time of the year where I enjoy and look forward to the most! I love the feeling of the holiday season; I love the colors, the music (some people may say I overplay the music but I never think it is enough), the spirit and how warm and happy it makes me feel. Don’t you?

Growing up, Thanksgiving and Christmas were never big with my family. I believe it was the cultural difference. However, as I got older, I made it a big deal to celebrate those holidays with my family. I would be the one who cooks everything, and knowing that everyone enjoyed my cooking was enough to bring me joy! I would celebrate it with my family and I would also have Friendsgiving and Secret Santa with my close friends. As you can see, just like most of you all, I have my own tradition.

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However, since I’ve moved to California, the holidays have been different. Last year was my first year in a new city by myself, and I have to admit it was tough! I was missing everything and everyone because my family and friends are all back in the east coast. It is hard being away from family at this time of year so I try to make the most of it. Last year I didn’t go home because tickets are super pricey around this time of year. Instead, I got myself my first real Christmas tree to decorate in my small studio apartment. Now that I have roommates and made some new friendships, this year I will start a new Friendsgiving and secret Santa here in California.

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Even though I moved to a new state, it doesn’t mean I have to stop doing what I love doing around the holidays. I realized that just because my old tradition is no longer here, doesn’t mean I cant’ start a new one to make new memories! Another thing I miss being in California when Christmas comes around is having a white Christmas. I miss the snow only during the holiday season! I love the weather here but when Christmas rolls around, it doesn’t feel like it without the snow. So for this year, I will continue to decorate just like I do every year! I also plan to try to find fake snow spray to put on my windows to make up for the lack of snow outside on Christmas haha

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Another thing I do is that I usually make hot chocolate, wrap and unwrap presents, and watch lots of holiday movies. I love watching the 25 days count down till Christmas on ABC, and most importantly, it has been a constant tradition that I have to watch all of the Home Alone movies! It is indeed one of my favorite things to do during Christmas. Do you guys have a favorite holiday movie or movies?

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In addition to hot chocolate, I love deviled eggs and green bean casseroles! I also love cooking turkey even though it literally takes all day! But the fact of being in the kitchen and smelling the holiday cooking brings me so much joy! I look forward to starting this new tradition in my new home! What is your holiday tradition and what is your favorite holiday food?

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48 thoughts on “Holiday Fever”

  1. I know exactly how you feel babe. I have moved to three different cities in the last 12 years all by myself and have had to celebrate holidays alone. It will get better. I love all your holiday ideas!!

  2. I love taking a step back on weekends from blogging to kind of recharge!! But it’s so cool that you made celebrating thanksgiving and christmas more with your family! I love the holiday spirit and spending time with family is always the best!! Sorry you can’t see a white christmas anymore but you’re not fully missing out on it!! I live in NY and in some cases (more so) we don’t even get white christmases anymore 🙁
    Can’t wait for the holidays too girl! 🙂 Almost here!!

    XO Jenn
    http://www.jennsemble.com

  3. Haha tell me about it, the holiday fever is real. I just want to shop, make, eat everything holidays related LOL. I love how you have decorated the place and the setting, though it is only making the holiday fever worse for me hehe. I cannot wait to get started on the decorations either 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  4. This post got me so excited for the holidays! So many fun things to look forward to… One of the only reasons I embrace the cold is because it comes with so many memorable holiday traditions that I look forward to so much each year. I love that you’re sticking to your traditions even though you’re in a new place!

    xx Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  5. The holidays is truly the most awesome time of the year! It’s not the holidays for me without watching The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving & Christmas specials, It’s a Wonderful Life, and my fave Christmas movie, A Christmas Story! Love this post babe. Thanks for getting me in the holiday spirit 🙂

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.con

  6. Oh, I love how festive this post is! It makes me so excited for Christmas! It’s my first year in California, too, so I don’t know how I’m celebrating yet, or if I’m flying home to see family. I’d love to be there though. My hubs and I cook dinner for everyone and it’s just nice being around loved ones and smelling cinnamon in the air. 🙂

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    1. Oh wow welcome to California! It is definitely tough being away from family! I am sure you will find a new way to celebrate the holiday! it sure is nice cooking dinner for everyone and smelling the delicious food!

  7. Girl, you just got me so excited about the holidays now!! I was just thinking if I should start decorating my house for holidays soon. Of course I want to buy new stuff again (is that really necessary :)?). Thanks for all your great inspirations as I want to copy some of your ideas!

    xo,
    Jo
    http://www.glamfashionbook.com

  8. I love that holiday table you designed. It’s so wonderful how every year the holidays bring us the same level of excitement and joy and it never wanes. There’s just something so great about the festive and giving atmosphere. Even though I don’t celebrate Xmas religiously, I still enjoy the magic it brings everywhere.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  9. I totally agree! I can’t keep up with the holiday traditions my Grandma instilled in me when I was a little girl, so I just have to do my own thing out here in Japan. It’s not the same but it’s not a bad thing either! love the holiday decor and the macarons 🙂

  10. Aahhhhh just reading this has me getting even more excited for the holidays! My whole family calls me an elf (and now B does too) because I have so much Christmas spirit. Music is playing 24/7 and I’m shopping like a maniac and then wrapping so many gifts. My family has a million traditions and I love them all. Every year, my mom and sister and I watch “While You Were Sleeping” which is my favorite movie of all time. And I love doing the ABC Family movies (even if it’s not ABC Family anymore haha). Gahhh this comment could go on for ages cause I love talking Christmas. But one way or another I can’t wait to hear more about your plans!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    1. I love your tradition! I love your spirit girlfriend! It is so lovely seeing others in the spirit just as much as I am! I wish we live in the same city so we can watch the countdown together!

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