'Tis the Season to Celebrate!
They say there's no place like home for the holidays and I have to agree! Although I love traveling the world, Christmas is my favorite time to pause my travels and come home to Pennsylvania's rolling snow-covered fields, a warm and cozy house, a crackling fire, and an excess of Christmas candy.
Last year I spend my Christmas in Bangkok.It was fun to be able to celebrate a winter holiday under sunny skies but this year I was really looking forward to being home. During this year's holiday season I spent a lot of time thinking about what makes Christmas at home so special. After thinking it through I've assembled a short list of the best parts of a Christmas in Pennsylvania.
Keys to a Fabulous Christmas at Home:
A Fabulous Tree
Ok, ok, I know this is not unique to my home or hometown but decorating Christmas trees has always been an important tradition in my house. For years we'd turn on A Muppet's Christmas Carol and the whole family would take turns adding ornaments, lights, tinsel and beads. This year, the gentlemen of our family were slightly disinterested in decorating so my sister and I customized the tree to our liking. Sorry boys-you didn't want to help so now the tree is pretty pink. ;)
|This lovely tree courtesy of myself and my sister.|
Travel Themed Ornaments
Just because I'm not traveling doesn't mean I can't surround myself with travel themed items! My favorite travel ornaments are a globe and a tuk tuk from Thailand. I've also picked up a few ornaments from my travels such as a Santa from Estonia and a giant Hershey Kiss from nearby Hershey, PA.
|New tuk tuk ornament from Thailand.|
|I've got the world on a string sitting on a ....Christmas tree branch ;)|
Like I mentioned in my Bangkok Christmas post, I love to make Christmas crafts each year! During the last year that I was home for the holidays, my sister and I made sequin Christmas ornaments. They were beautiful but time consuming, so this year we just rolled Styrofoam balls in glitter. They were easy and SO cute! <3
|Glitter Balls! I could easily insert a joke here....I'll leave that up to your imaginations! lol|
Cookies galore & Fabulous Food and Drinks
My family and I don't mess around when it comes to Christmas food and drinks...especially cookies. We make a lot of cookies! Like 3 types a day! This year we made triple peanut butter cookies, brownies, chocolate chip oatmeal and Brazilian wedding cookies. For Christmas breakfast we mixed up some Pink Champagne Mimosas and some lovely little fruit and yogurt parfaits.
|Pink Champagne Mimosas and fruit parfaits served this Christmas.|
|Everyone eats half the bowl of cookie dough, right?|
|Nana's No Bake Cookies aka THE BEST COOKIES IN EXISTENCE.|
What good is a holiday if you don't get to wear sparkly outfits!? My family often goes out for Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch and it's fun to wear some Christmas flare!
|Sparkliness of 2010 (Apologies for the weird dots)|
|Sparkliness of 2011 at Mount Hope's Dickens Christmas|
|Sparkliness of 2013.|
Of course the best part about celebrating Christmas at home is the opportunity to be with my family. We live scattered around the eastern US States so it feels wonderful to be reunited in Pennsylvania.
|Candid tree decorating laughter.|
|That year we all got Snuggies for Christmas as a 'joke/not really a joke' gift.|
|My brother really loves Christmas. Can you believe we're TWINS?|
Pennsylvania is perfectly situated to receive copious amounts of winter snow. These arrivals of snow can arrive as early as October and as late as April! The most exciting snowfall undoubtedly happens on Christmas Day. Waking up to a White Christmas is always utterly thrilling!
|Sadly, this snow occurred about 2 days before Christmas and melted away before the special day.|
What are the keys to Christmas at YOUR home?
Read my 2013 Christmas Wish List
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