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little things {make it feel like christmas}

December 7th | thoughts

as soon as december arrives {okay maybe before!} i want to celebrate the season.

here are some little things i do to make it feel like christmas…

lots of twinkly white lights

hot cocoa with peppermint and marshmallows

christmas music playing all. day. long.

cinnamon apple candle burning in my kitchen

watch elf, charlie brown christmas and the holiday

shop for fun, thoughtful gifts

write our christmas card


what little things do you do to make it feel like christmas?

29 Responses

  1. jeannett says:

    i know i’m a little late, but i LOVE the new look. love. yay you!

  2. Ami says:

    I sing with my kids at work.
    I sing in the car on the way to work.
    I listen to my MP3 player.

    All Christmas songs… all month.

    I even got a USB turntable so I could convert my old Christmas vinyl records to MP3.

  3. Paige Anderson says:

    pile the kids in the car and drive around looking at all the christmas lights.

  4. Krista says:

    I too, have Christmas music playing from sun up til I go to bed, a holiday candle from Bath & Body works is always burning, twinkle lights everywhere and I live in the tundra, so the snow helps set the mood!!

  5. melissa says:

    listening to Christmas music all day too, cutting down our tree, white lights, working on our cards and just enjoying the season! It is so special!

  6. I drink my first morning cup of coffee out of a mug from my collected set of Christmas mugs the day after my Thanksgiving guests have all returned to their homes.

  7. Rebekah says:

    We sing Christmas songs with our girls every night before bed.

  8. Susan says:

    When my kids were little I’d open all the windows in the car , I’d turn the Christmas music way up, and tell them to pretend we were on a sleigh ride! It was so FUN! I remember them laughing so hard the first time they could hardly sing! :)

  9. Denise C. says:

    I am not a Christmas person, I try to get into the season with fun simple stuff for my kids. I am 32 & for the first time watched The Peanuts Christmas Special (I also watched for the first time the Halloween & Thanksgiving ones). Elf is hilarious!

  10. Tiffany Day says:

    oh i love little things – that in the end are big things!!

    Elf is my favorite Christmas movie!

    Some of my little things:
    putting out my snow man dishes
    making hot chocolate from scratch (typically only done for the holidays)
    wearing read
    definately playing christmas music


  11. Kelly H-Y says:

    Same things!!!! LOVE this month!

  12. Mystica says:

    I dont feel very Christmassy because I am in Australia with one daughter while the rest of the family are in Sri Lanka. Not a nice feeling at this time of the year to be apart!!!!

    I have my first giveaway on my blog and would really like all of you to enter please!

  13. gina says:

    I think the best thing I do for down time is watch a Christmas movie with my kids while eating dinner, then enjoying hot cookies from the oven for dessert. I keep cookie dough in the freezer and it takes about 11 minutes to have a very happy group of boys…

  14. Linda says:

    I love listening to Christmas music too but would love some recommendations on what others listen to – I find it hard to find Christmas music that suits the whole family!

    Linda (from Australia)

  15. oh the celebration! christmas music all month long.
    christmas movies all month long….hanging of the greens at church, and of course the pageant. fresh greenery all over the house, making wreaths and topiaries, sending the kids out to the woods on the old one horse open 4-wheeler to cut a cedar tree, baking cookies, it goes on and on and on….the best time of the year!

  16. Kerry says:

    I LOVE that the music starts right after Thanksgiving, and I love the Starbucks peppermint lattes and hot chocolate. BTW- your pics are great!

  17. Ashley says:

    We also make paper snowflakes to hang around the house, decorate gingerbread houses and drive around one night to find the tackiest, brightest house in the city! :)

  18. Nettie says:

    I love this time of year also! I want to decorate the tree with lots of beads and baubles! And of course, listen to Christmas music.

  19. Kathy C. says:

    Ok, this first picture in this post is STUNNING! Really. I love your photography and am drawn to your work, but that image is amazing! I would totally buy that print or canvas! Thanks for sharing so many beautiful things everyday. It always makes me stop in the midst of the chaos and just appreciate the beauty.

  20. Allison says:

    Pretty much everything you listed we do as well. I make it a rule each year that I can’t watch Elf until after Thanksgiving :-) It’s so addicting!

  21. Anne says:

    I had my first Peppermint Mocha coffee last week..(.I’m trying not to have too many of them!) The first thing I always do is get my Christmas glasses and coffee mugs out…and then slowly start decorating each day.
    But I love that I now have a reason to bake LOTS of cookies! haha

  22. Gingerbread houses! We have so much fun decorating them with tons of candy that we don’t let the kids eat all year long. Also, hot chocolate with super cute marshmallows has become a tradition aroud here. I just found snowman marshmallows at the market, can’t wait to use them with the kids!

  23. Ruth Yoder says:

    Christmas music or a movie playing in the backround..and family all around.

  24. bashtree says:

    Ooooo hot chocolate with peppermint! One of my favorite things to do is break out the Christmas tea. I love it. I also like to force some paperwhites. So pretty!

  25. Anne says:

    I had to laugh to myself this afternoon when someone came into the Library and checked out Elf….I just had to smile it made me think of this blog.

  26. Kathy says:

    Snowflakes, hot cocoa with peppermint and whipped cream, Christmas carols, twinkling white lights, parties and yummy food…

  27. Kristin says:

    It was always a Christmas tradition in my house to get the chocolate countdown calenders, now my kids have them and love them, maybe a little too much, because they want to eat 2 or 3 days at a time (:
    Sharing hershey kisses all snuggled up on the couch watching ELF or SHREK THE HALLS with my little ones.
    Celine Dion’s Christmas CD while wrapping presents near the tree.
    This years new trip The Polar Express Train Ride, can’t wait, pj’s…chocolate chip cookies and a silver bell from Santa!
    Love your blog, Lisa!
    I asked the big guy to bring me THE BRAVE necklace,
    we’ll see…
    Love you lots!

  28. Leah says:

    I love your beautiful blog. The photos are just heavenly. I look at your blog and I feel relaxed. Thank you for the inspiration and beauty!

  29. Abby says:

    Red twinkle lights on the bannister, a cinnamon eggnog coffee, and red cinnamon candles. I love warmth and glow at Christmas!

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