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
1. DOG/PUPPY IN ANTLERS
2: MUG OF HOT CHOCOLATE
3: GRINCH PHOTO SHOOT
4: WRAPPED IN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
5: GRINCH THEME
If you celebrate Christmas, it's likely that you have a few traditions within your family. Sometimes, when we share our traditions, we hear one that we like from other families and adopt it into our own.
So, with that in mind, here are a few of my family Christmas traditions:
1: MATCHING CHRISTMAS PAJAMAS
2: READING THE CHRISTMAS STORIES
3: OPENING A GAME AND PLAYING IT ON
My family's side has a get-together where Santa stops in to bring an early Christmas present. After a certain age, my mom stopped sending the gift off to Santa and just gave it to us herself.
It's always a game, and we always play it when we return from the get-together. Since there is no get-together this year, we will get to spend more time playing our games and eating yummy snacks!
4: BAKING TOGETHER
One thing I love to do around the holidays with my mom is baking. We will make all sorts of Christmas treats for our family to enjoy the morning of Christmas.
We make things like rum balls, chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies, sausage balls, rice crispy treats, rolo pretzels, and much more.
I find baking to be fun and I love when I hear that something I made tastes good!
5: FINDING THE NEW ORNAMENT ON THE TREE
Each year, my mom buys or we make a new ornament that had something to do with the year.
This was the year that I found out I would be the drum major of my college's marching band. And, as you can see, we did hand-made ornaments this year.
My mom made this one! However, in a year where she buys them and we don't know which is which, we stand around the tree, staring intently until we find the new addition to the tree.
This is a tradition Jonathan and I have also adopted and I hope to do with my future children!
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