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
If your job is anything like mine, you probably have a get together close to the holiday season to celebrate the end of the year. Well, COVID has made that next to impossible this year. With restrictions put in place, my coworkers and I can't do our usual potluck. But, I've brainstormed a way to still have fun while staying safe.
1: SEND OUT A VIRTUAL INVITATION
2: FIND OR CREATE GAMES
3: COME UP WITH A PLAN FOR FOOD/SNACKS
4: HOST YOUR PARTY
Tis the season for giving, but finding something interesting and thoughtful to give can be difficult. So, today, I wanted to share a few alternative gift ideas that you could purchase for a friend or loved one.
1. A SUBSCRIPTION BOX
I want to tree that you need to READ THE DETAILS. My husband had the extremely thoughtful idea to do an underwear and bra subscription box for the last year. He didn’t realize that the cost for the pieces wasn’t included in the box. If you didn’t send the pieces back, you’d be charged full price for each item. He, logically, thought that you were paying for all of the items in the subscription box. That’s not always true, so check all of the details before ordering.
2. VACATIONS OR EXPERIENCES
3. MAKE THEM A LORD OR LADY
4. DONATE TO A CAUSE
5. PAY A BILL
For many, this year has been difficult. The solace is that we have the Christmas and holiday season coming up. It is important to escape into these holidays, like we always do, to feel child-like joy and happiness after a long year.
Since it's Dec. 1, I thought I'd share a few things you can do today to get into the holiday spirit:
1. DONATE TO YOUR FAVORITE CHARITY TODAY!
2. GO SHOPPING FOR WEEK-LONG DEALS
3. GET BAKING
4. HAVE A CHRISTMAS CRAFT DAY
5. START LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS SONGS
What are you doing to get into the spirit? Leave a comment below, or catch up with me on social media!