With all this said, I am counting down the minutes until that weekend (14,400-ish to date), and continue to display awful spending habits on Christmas gifts and decor. I have even created a laundry list of ideas for other purchases, as well as Christmas craft and homemade decor ideas (courtesy of Pinterest - Follow me!). I also continually find myself on Etsy, at Hobby Lobby, and discussing ideas with co-faculty in anticipation of the season. Being totally on my own now, I have found and even deeper appreciation and level of excitement for the season. I can finally afford to purchase and create things that I think my family and friends deserve/would love.
With all that said, here are some of my holiday season must-haves:
A tree light timer - to ensure that my tree is sparkling bright when I return home from work
Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas album on repeat and full-blast during tree/home decorating
Cranberry wreaths, tree fillers, and other decor; for some reason cranberries are so "Christmas-y" to me!
A brand new set of advent candles for my advent wreath (and maybe spruce it up a bit, too to resemble this one more)
ABC Family's 25 days of Christmas on nightly to catch some of my favorites like "The Grinch" and "Elf"
Homemade sugar cookies, decorations, etc. to share with others as well as enjoy at home
Stay tuned for more holiday posts; I can ensure you that once that weekend comes, I'll have a lot more excitement built up and will be dying to share it all (as well as some pictures, perhaps!)