Hello! How’s your week been? I’m so happy that it’s Thursday. We are so close to the weekend!
Since Thanksgiving is next Thursday, Patty and Holly are doing their Monthly Musings link up today, and I’m joining them!
This month’s topic is: Holiday Preview 2021
1. Share your favorite holiday traditions:
We have so many favorite traditions like:
attending Christmas parties,
and baking cookies.
We also go to the Horse Park lights, shop for the Angel Tree, and I hold on to the time honored tradition of mothers making their kids dress up for Christmas cards.
2. Do you see any holiday lights? Driving tour, park, festival?
I’ve shared before that as a kid, most holidays seasons we drove the park lights. Once I moved to Lexington, Travis and I started that tradition as well by going to Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park. The only year we’ve missed since 2004 is 2009 when we had two one month olds!
There’s also a house in Lexington that a must to drive by.
Then, last year we went to Mustard Seed Hill for the first time, and it was a fun experience.
3. Favorite holiday recipe?
We do lots of baking around the holidays, but Shay’s Peppermint Mocha Bundt Cake is my fave! I make for dessert for our Christmas dinner at home every year.
4. Must have holiday fashion staples?
I’m not much of a fashionista, but I love a plaid shirt!
5. Any special or extra festive plans this year?
I don’t think we have anything extra planned. We are pretty good about traditions, but we’ll see what pops up in December.
6. Best holiday planning tip?
Make a list and check it twice! As far as gifts are concerned, I started keeping a note on my phone for gift ideas all year long. Also, last year was the first year that I shared an Amazon list with family for ideas for the kids. That worked out nicely because once a gift was purchased, it was taken off the list.
7. Favorite holiday movie?
I love watching Home Alone. I have on my list for us to watch the new Home Alone (Home Sweet Home Alone) at some point in December or even after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
As a tradition, we always watch A Christmas Story on Christmas day. I can’t wait.
8. Die Hard…Christmas movie or not?
I’ve never seen it, so I have no clue! Randomly, when I was watch Love Hard last week, this was a topic in the movie!
9. Tree/decorations up before or after Thanksgiving?
I will let this recent picture speak for my answer!
Really though, last year was the first year I put up the pencil tree in November. This year, I put up two pencil trees, one in the sun room and one in the living room until we get our real tree after Thanksgiving.
I do try to decorate for Christmas the weekend before Thanksgiving because it takes so much effort. That being said, I’m not sure if I will meet that goal this year as this upcoming weekend is proving to be a busy one.
10. Do you celebrate other holidays in December?
No, but my kids went to a pretty diverse elementary school, and during those years, their teachers would do units of study on other cultures and holidays. I always loved hearing my kids share what they learned during that time.
I love the Monthly Musing link up. I can’t wait to see how others answered too!
See you back here tomorrow for a very special Friday Favorites.
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I forgot about mentioning that having a real tree is one of our traditions and that makes decorating early hard too. I love the smell of a real tree!
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I love the smell of a real tree too! We started getting a real one a few years ago, so my little pencil trees tide me over until we get the bigger one 🙂
We share so many of the same traditions! I have never tried that bundt cake recipe but I think you just inspired me to do so! Looks pretty and sounds delish! Love al of your festive attire too! Thanks for linking up Jen 🙂
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The cake is SO good! This was a fun link up 🙂
Jen we live that you join us every month. We got a pencil tree as a second tree last year and we are thinking about a third. That house lit up is amazing. Happy Thanksgiving.
Oops, l meant love that you join us! Typo!
A lot of movies were references in Lovehard and I had to giggle over the Die Hard debate as even my boys have heard about it and asked if we could watch Die Hard this year so they could judge for themselves!