Saturday, November 30, 2013

winter 2013

I bought this fox ornament from World Market, but since I can't take quality pictures, I used the image from their website.
Holy holly wreaths. It's December already. Where did the time go? I will have to say that we're closing in on the one year mark for Antlers + Anchors. I started this blog as a whim one New Year's Eve with one of the most dramatic letters to 2012 and 2013 ever. I think I'll continue that tradtion this year.
 
This year the holidays have started out rough. This year, I failed to plan accordingly for Thanksgiving, and I missed my annual migration to My People's Thanksgiving. (Yes, this is what its called, and we even have signage and everything.) But we were going to opt-out for the Migration because Rob's birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year. We planned on spending time with Rob's family, but we didn't plan on spending it at a hospital. Rob's Grandmother isn't doing to well, to the point of making "preparations". I hate to see Rob and I's family to go though this so close to the holiday. I had to go though something simular when I was much younger, but I feel for them.
 

With that in mind, there are somethings that I want to do this December to make sure that Christmas/Yule is as fun and cheerful as possible especially becasue I have to work Christmas Day. So here are some of the "plans" that I have in mind to get into the holiday spirit. First thing, trim the tree. Rob and I got a fake tree this year, because of the hassle that a real tree posed last year with no truck to be able to transport it. So we bought one that is supposed to be a 6' tree, but it seems so small. I guess our trees in the past have always been around the 7'5" range. There are only two little ornaments on the tree currently because Bob has been too lazy to get the actual box of decorations out of the closet. I try to buy a new ornament each year, and the fox from the title image is this year's addition. The sugar skull which can actually be seen, is one that we've had since our first holiday together, but I left it out last year because I wanted to put it in my car on the rear view mirror. My holiday style is normally kind of tacky with lots of colors and glitter. Our tree topper as seen in the Holiday Hangover post, is covered in glitter. Rob says he hates our decorations, but I think the secretly loves it. <Edit: I seriously stopped typing because Rob had finally got the ornaments. Distracted by decorating the tree!>

Secondly, I think the next thing is to get into the holiday mood. Normally that means blasting some Christmas tunes, driving around at night looking at the decorations, coffee on weekend mornings and hot chocolate in the evening. A whole line up of holiday movies and specials to work my way through. Things like this make me feel really nostolgic about the holiday.

Third, spending as much time as I can with my family. I luckly live very close to all of my family, so I tend to see them about once or twice a month. But, Thanksgiving though Christmas, I normally kick up my quality time with them. Tomorrow, Rob and I have plans to go over to my parents for breakfast, since we and my brother Bryan missed Mom's special Biscuts and Gravy at Thanksgiving. We'll also be over later on in the evening back at Rob's family's house because we missed actual turkey because of Grandma being in the hospital.

Lastly, the thing that gets me most in the holiday spirit is just the fact that durring the year, every thing gets taken for granted, and at the end of the year, you're reminded to be thankful and grateful. I'm thankful for everyone in my life, my family, Rob and his family. I'm "thankful" for my job, even though I'm not always a fan of it. I'm thankful for my health. I'm thankful for anyone who reads this blog.

What puts you in the holiday mood, the cold weather, holiday specials, the Carolina/Clemson game? GO COCKS! Let me know!