Bye Bye Halloween…hello REAL holidays!

by Erika Torres

Between you and me, I’m not a huge Halloween fan. I like everything associated with the holiday– apple picking, pumpkin carving, pumpkin-flavored baking, scary movies, CANDY!–but the actual night of Halloween? I’d rather just watch some scary movies and give out candy.

I guess I’ve always been more of a homebody…

Now that Halloween is over, though, we can move on to the IMPORTANT holidays. I live for this season.

I used to be all “Christmas is my favorite holiday!” but secretly? It’s Thanksgiving, people. Because Christmas, you only get one day of presents. But Thanksgiving? You get a WHOLE WEEK OF YUMMY, OH SO GOOD FOOD!!! (yes, I’m talking about Thanksgiving leftovers, people!)


That’s right. And this year, I scored myself an extra family by getting married, so that means, not one, but TWO Thanksgiving dinners! And Eric’s family has a tradition of having a Saturday dinner with even more family, so that’s THREE Thanksgiving dinners…and a heck of a lot of leftovers!

And then once Thanksigivng is done, it’s only a few more weeks until Christmas dinner! Obviously, we need to remember that holidays are all about the food. And then the Christmas caroling, and the Christmas boat parade, and going to houses and looking at Christmas lights and drinking hot cocoa with miniature marshmellows!

And you know what makes this Christmas even more special?? It’s Eric and I’ s very first Christmas together!!

Huh? <–that’s you

Well, Eric and I had met after Thanksgiving last year, but we had only known each other a month and were still in the “just friends” category. So really–this is the first time we’ll get to start traditions and be a family on Christmas. And my mother-in-law already got us our very first Christmas ornament with the year emblazoned on it! EEEEEEeeeee!

Sorry…obviously I get really excited thinking about the holidays. They make me so happy, I start to type really fast, wiggle in my chair and just go “eeeeeee!!!”

*Must. Calm. Down.*

Okay. What do you love about the holidays??

*And please no Scrooges. I don’t let anyone ruin the holidays for me!*

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City Girl November 11, 2010 - 7:37 pm

I feel the same way about Halloween! This holiday season will be great with all the old and new traditions. Sure there will be many special memories that you and Eric will treasure for decades.

I love the hymns in church at our candlelight service. I also love the look on someone’s face when they open the perfect present. And, I love counting my blessings and setting my goals for next year. xoxo

Shannon November 5, 2010 - 12:45 pm

Listening to christmas music here already. rock on.

prettylittlereckless November 3, 2010 - 9:21 pm

agreeeeeeed! LOVE thanksgiving! For some reason it seems to be a bigger holiday for my family. I think by the time Christmas rolls around, I think my family is more like “here’s your gifts” annnnd we’re done. lol.

ugh, now you got me wanting Thanksgiving to be here today!

Red November 3, 2010 - 11:02 am

I guess I’ll keep all my Scrooginess to myself! :-p The best part is definitely the food. My mom bakes during the whole month of December. Mmmmm, I love her cookies! And I love Christmas music so much. There’s one CD (SheDaisy’s Christmas album from YEARS ago!) that I love, love, love listening to! Plus, the sweaters! I love it being crisp enough out that you can bundle up in a nice bulky sweater. And hot chocolate!

The only part I don’t like is the commercialized-ness, the crazy out-of-control spending. But we can each fix that within our own families and leave the silliness to everyone else! 🙂

Jolene November 3, 2010 - 6:55 am

I LOVE the holidays too. Lots of food, family, wine 😉 And this year, I actually have someone to share it with – Doctor Boy. It’s going to be a great year!

Mrs. Ruby November 2, 2010 - 4:14 pm

Don’t love Halloween…gasp?!?!?! 😉

Seriously I LOVE the holidays. Every single thing about them. I just hate how they come and go so quickly. I definitely want to make them LAST this year!!!

Keenie Beanie November 2, 2010 - 2:54 pm

We lurve Christmas, and my favorite part, hands down, is the tree. The husband and I don’t have any family around, so we have turned Christmas into this huge deal between the two of us. We buy lots of little (mostly inexpensive) presents so there are tons under the tree. And he cooks us a positively epicurean roast chicken feast with all the fixings that we start eating in courses around 2 pm and don’t finish until about 10 pm.

Thanksgiving is a dress rehearsal for that Christmas feast.

Stevie November 2, 2010 - 2:12 pm

I absolutely love Thanksgiving. There is zero pretense and you don’t have to worry about presents. It’s just a bunch of people sitting around eating and drinking. Doesn’t get much better than that!!!

IntrigueMe (Quarter For Her Thoughts) November 2, 2010 - 8:54 am

DUDE! Don’t you get leftovers after Christmas dinner, too? Therefore I think Christmas still trumps Thanksgiving, haha!

For real though… I love both holidays as well. Being Canadian, we have (had) our Thanksgiving in October. It was mediocre this year and I was really disappointed (I’m not being a scrooge- I still love it!)… you see, my cousins are selling their house (where my Grandma still lives- she raised them) in the spring and so it was our very last Thanksgiving in the house where we have ALL of our holidays… so it was a little bittersweet to start with… and then my Mom/Grandma decided to make ham and scalloped potatoes from a box (eeeewww) so I never did get my turkey and stuffing! Now I have to wait for Christmas. And, because we did it so informal this year, we never went around the table to say what we were thankful for, and that was a tradition. I got Thanksgiving-hijacked this year.

Needless to say, I am STOKED for Christmas! One of my favorite parts is buying gifts for everyone because I think what people get you says a lot about your relationship. Oddly enough it’s my reclusive cousin who buys the best gifts- always interests me (yes, I even over-analyze Christmas presents!)… but I mostly love it because my family is all together and that doesn’t happen any other time throughout the year. My other favorite parts are the little traditions… Christmas eve we watch movies and play games or build gingerbread houses, Christmas dinner (yumm), Christmas morning we open our stockings and my aunt makes cinnamon buns, then we open presents and then my cousin Colin and I join forces to make Christmas brunch… I do the omlettes and he does the hash browns (we’re hot sauce crazy).

I must admit though, the holidays while I was dating my ex were some of the best. It would be really, really nice to actually have a significant other again. It’s definitely the one time a year when lonliness hits like a shovel to the back of the head.

BudgetBabe November 2, 2010 - 7:38 am

I have been moving slowly into the camp of “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday” the last few years. I’ve started hosting it with my family, and it’s so much fun to pick out the menu, decorate, etc. Plus, it takes out the stress of who to visit – they come to me! 🙂

But I also have to say that Halloween has been creeping up the list of favorite holidays (aside from the scary stuff) – how can you not appreciate a holiday that’s all about candy and dressing up?!

Ashley November 2, 2010 - 6:41 am

I LOVE Thanksgiving. I could eat pumpkin pie every day, even in the summer. It’s the best!

The challenges that come along with figuring out which family to visit which day is the frustrating part for me. We’re super lucky that my parents live about five minutes away and Joel’s are only two hours away, but it’s still difficult to make sure to visit when all the rest of the family will be there!

The Everyday Minimalist November 2, 2010 - 5:59 am

I too, am not a fan of Halloween.

I say Christmas is a lot cheerier, happier and more interesting to be a part of!


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