My mom, brother, and I went to the Chinese Lantern Festival that was held in Cary, N.C. this year. The holiday season has been busy with work stuff and preparing for Christmas. By the time I was down my Blogmas list, I noticed I didn't take some time to highlight my experience at the festival.
After viewing the birth year displays, we came upon a giant dragon resting on the water. It was really long, so the picture doesn't do it very much justice. It also spat water, which was so cool.
Just a few important notes: there is a bag policy. It has to be clear or the size of your hand. You also can purchase tickets online. If you're a parent and want to go ahead and make it an early night, you can do their Twilight experience, which starts just as the sun starts to go down.
For tickets and more information, you can visit the website here: https://www.boothamphitheatre.com/events-tickets/events/chinese-lantern-festivalwww.boothamphitheatre.com/events-tickets/events/chinese-lantern-festival
I've noticed that more and more people are doing Christmas Eve boxes/bags to celebrate the holiday season. My family usually plays a new game and dresses in Christmas pajamas, but this is a really appealing thing to do if you have young kids in your family. I have linked each picture, as these are all from Walmart, but you can find similar items at other stores.
THE CHRISTMAS BAG
BIG/MESSY FAMILY ACTIVITY
A CHRISTMAS MOVIE
A HOT DRINK
A SWEET TO SHARE
The holidays can be tough financially, so sometimes it is nice to give something that costs less. I will say that if you have the means to give, you should! Gifts shouldn't be something that break your bank, but if you can get a thoughtful gift for someone, even just one, they would appreciate it.
1. WRITE A THOUGHTFUL NOTE
2. HELP CLEAN/SPRUCE UP
3. DONATE YOUR SKILLS
4. MAKE A SPECIAL SONG
It's only a week before Christmas, and you haven't gotten an ugly Christmas sweater for the holiday party...what do you do? Luckily, I've got you covered. You can browse a few of these options to find the best ugly Christmas sweater for your holiday festivities.
1. HANGIN' WITH MY GNOMIES
2. GALACTIC SANTA
3. BABY JESUS IN A BABY CARRIER
4. THE "ELF" - OBSESSED
5. CRAZY CAT HAIR
6. TWERKIN' SANTA
7. THE NON-SWEATER
1. TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS | CLEMMONS, N.C.
2. CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL | CARY, N.C.
3. CHRISTMAS TOWN USA | MCADENVILLE, N.C.
4. CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK | FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.
5. FIELDSTREAM FARM | RALEIGH, N.C.
6. FOREST CITY | ASHEVILLE, N.C.
3. BLUE AND WHITE THEME
4. MULTICOLORED AND FUN
Part of the fun of the holidays is opening little gifts you receive before the "big day" itself. These might be little gifts from your coworkers, friends, or even from an advent calendar. Since December has already started, I wanted to share with you six cool advent calendars that are Prime eligible on Amazon, so you can start unpacking Christmas a little early this year.
1. FOR THE TEA DRINKER
2. FOR THE CHOCOLATE LOVER
3. FOR THE BATH LOVER
4. FOR THE SPIRITUAL HEALER
5. FOR THE FIDGETER
6. FOR THE DIY-ER
RedBubble is an awesome place for freelance artists and graphic designers to make a little extra cash on the side, especially during the holiday season. A portion of every purchase comes back to me, so if you're looking for a way to support a small blogger who isn't quite making money off of their main content just yet, this is it. Let's get into the designs:
1. TWO SIZES TOO SMALL
2. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOOD
3. 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE FREEZIN'
4. KISS ME IT'S CHRISTMAS
5. SWEATER WEATHER
6. PEOPLE ARE LINK SNOWFLAKES
7. CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE
Would you rather walk through a graveyard at midnight or spend a night in a spooky abandoned old house?
I would rather walk through a graveyard at midnight. I think that if spirits exist, they’d likely be around their families and loved ones rather than in the graveyard.
Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a jack-lantern?
I would rather carve a jack-o-lantern because right now dunking for apples is pretty dangerous with COVID.
Would you rather meet a vampire or meet a werewolf?
I would rather meet a vampire because I don’t think werewolves traditionally know what they’re doing, but a vampire does. By that I mean that most werewolf stories feature the person waking up having no memory of what they’ve done to others.
Would you rather be dressed up as Superman / Wonder Woman or as Batman / Catwoman?
I would rather dress up as Wonder Woman because I don’t think a latex suit would be very flattering on me!
Would you rather go trick or treating or stay home and watch a scary movie?
When I was a kid, I would have picked Trick or Treating. But, I love scary movies so much, so I would much rather stay home and watch one of those.
Would you rather eat candy apple or candy corn?
I think candy apples are a little hard on the teeth, so I’ll go with candy corn.
Would you rather go to a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?
I would 100 percent rather watch a horror movie marathon. I love watching movies, especially scary ones.
Would you rather have a creative costume or a scary costume?
I’ve always been a fan of creative costumes. I grew up with a very crafty nana and mom, and so creativity is in my veins.
Would you rather watch a scary movie with a scary movie buff or watch a scary movie with a scaredy cat?
I’m used to watching scary movies with both. I like watching them with scaredy cats because I think it is funny to see what they find scary vs. what I find scary.
Would you rather be absolutely terrified of the dark or be afraid of the the thing underneath your bed?
I love the dark, so I guess I’d rather be afraid of the thing under my bed. You can’t really get away from darkness. Maybe I could sleep on the couch instead.
Would you rather get attacked by a giant spider or a spooky skeleton?
Omg, spooky skeleton. I hate spiders, so a giant one wouldn’t work well for me.
Would you rather eat candy every day for a month or have no candy for a month?
I would rather have no candy for a month because there are other sweets I could have, and I wouldn’t want to get sick of candy!
Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?
Haunted graveyard because there wouldn’t be doors that ghosts could lock and I could get away much easier.
Would you rather be scared or make someone else scared?
I would rather make someone else scared.
Would you rather go trick or treating with a group of friends or with a group of family members?
Is Trick or Treating a family tradition for you?
It was when I was a kid.
Would you rather have candy for dinner or have candy for breakfast?
Candy for breakfast because it can give me energy for the day.
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