Happy December!

Happy DECEMBER, everyone! It feels surreal to be saying that right now. Over the past few days Jared and I have been getting out all our Christmas decor and I swear it doesn't feel like a year since we did this last. Definitely not complaining though since decorating our home for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do with Jared.

I love how getting out the ornaments for the tree each year feels like a new discovery. We exclaim with joy over our favorite ones and reminisce about vacations we collected certain ornaments. Every time we visit somewhere new we try to pick up an ornament and I love how special that makes our tree. This year we got to add ornaments from Washington D.C., (another) Hilton Head Island ornament plus two from our visits to the Rock n' Roll HOF and the Football HOF.

It's December 1st and I've got about 90% of my shopping done for everyone which feels GREAT. I always try to get a good start on things but feel like we end up being last minute still. This year I'm ON it :) I'm still working on a few more things for Jared and then I'll be just about done. We also just pulled out 4 brand new rolls of wrapping paper we bought on mega-clearance after Christmas last year that we'd forgotten about. Love the little surprises like that! Now I can't wait to wrap everything up- another favorite part of this time of year.
This month is already packed to the brim with fun and festivities but I honestly cannot wait. Having the shopping done leaves room for more fun and less stress. I've got two holiday parties on the calendar, a day of baking, a Christmas musical/play, 4 separate actual Christmas get-togethers with family and I know there will be more! Bring it on, December- I'm ready to celebrate all month long :)

22 comments

  1. I'm so proud of us for being so on top of gifts this year! I was just telling Caleb over the weekend how I can't believe it! We normally buy stuff up until the WEEK of Christmas (which means more stress and less time to just enjoy the season)! Can't wait to celebrate December all month long with you guys!!!!

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  2. I love seeing and hearing about people's Christmas tree ornaments and what the story is behind each ornament! I really like the idea of buying an ornament when you visit a new place, such a practical souvenir to bring home! :)

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  3. Ahhh how cute are your Christmas decorations! So jealous it's Dec 1st and you have 90% of your shopping done too, I haven't even started! Eek! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. Woooohooo, December. Bringo n the festivities and fun and family time of course.

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  5. It's so crazy that it's already December! I've decorated our house a tad bit but we're going all out this weekend. Yay for Christmas season!!!

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  6. Look at you go! I have a lot of my shopping done too, actually. Yay!

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  7. I have the same Joy ornament! It's one of my favorites :) I finished my shopping yesterday, and I'm so glad. It helps that we're keeping Christmas super minimal this year, but buying things for Gracie was way too much fun.

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  8. You are on a holiday ROLL my friend! This definitely inspires me to get my butt into gear and start unpacking those decorations and maybe even start my shopping. :)

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  9. I cant believe it is December either!!! I love that you and Jared pick up ornaments on your vacations, that is so special.

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  10. We collect ornaments on each trip too! It really does make decorating our tree that much more special :) Glad to know I'm not the only one that buys next year's paper after Christmas and pretty much finished shopping before December! Hopefully that will allow us to relax more & enjoy the holidays!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  11. I love getting ornaments from when we travel! Merry Christmas season, friend!

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  12. Yay for Christmas! I love getting ornaments from trips, too. Makes the tree even better!

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  13. We do the same thing with ornaments and it's SO fun pulling them out this time of year and remembering! <3 I was SO thrilled to finallyyyyy add another Disney ornament to our tree :)

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  14. I love adding to our collection of ornaments when we go new places too! We tend to add smore's ornaments every year as well :) I have most of my family done as far as gifts go, but still need to figure out what to get Mic and Xavier! AHH!

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  15. Putting all of the ornaments on our tree that we've collected through our travels is one of my favorite things to do too! They really help to bring back fun memories from our trip. And you go girl for being almost done with shopping! The only person I have left is my MIL and probably a few more things for the hubby. The wrapping part is what kills me though, it takes me forever!

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  16. I love how the ornaments have so much meaning. We try to collect some each time we go somewhere special or funny ones we see that stick out to us. Nice job with all the decor :)

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  17. I have 3 presents left then I'm done too - I love love love being done early!

    Happy December!!

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  18. My husband and I do the same thing with collecting ornaments on every trip we go!! It's so fun to pull them all back out and reminisce!!

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  19. I think one of the best parts of getting out the Christmas decorations is finding all the stuff you bought on clearance from the previous year! You're like "oh yeah! I forgot about this!" and "oh this is SO pretty!!" (at least that's what I do ;))

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  20. I'm still not 100% in Christmas mode and I think it's because I'm so behind on my shopping. I think I need to find the right Pandora station and let Michael Buble slowly ease me into the spirit. I'm excited to see pictures from all your holiday-themed fun! :)

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  21. I absolutely loved the idea of Christmas ornaments from places you've visited together!!! I want to try that! :D Well done on the shopping! your tree looks beautiful <3

    xx,
    Dany | Endless Dreams

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  22. We try to collect ornaments from the places we visit, too!

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