Making the Holidays Brighter

The holiday season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I get overwhelmed with getting so much done in such a short amount of time. I know, I know … I have all year to prepare but I’m apparently a procrastinator. Thankfully, we have a very small family but there are so many holiday / Christmassy things I want to do and I only have so many days to do it.

So if you’re anything like me and need to unwind and do some de-stressing, here are a few of my go to’s that I love to do during the holiday season.

Hot Cocoa and a Christmas movie

My favorite hot chocolate is Ghirardelli and I add crushed peppermint pieces on top, there’s seriously nothing better! “The Holiday” and “The Last Holiday” are probably my top 2 favorite Christmas movies … they’re overplayed in our house if that’s even a real thing. “The Holiday” doesn’t need an explanation; I feel like it’s a Christmas staple. “The Last Holiday” is such a feel good movie, and it reminds you to live life to the fullest. Not to mention The Grandhotel Pupp has been on my bucket list ever since I watched this movie.

Baking

holidaysCreating something new with no pressure is always my go to. Chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread men, snickerdoodle, brownies … you name it, I’ll bake it.

Lush

I usually don’t even need a reason to go into Lush. If I’m being honest with myself, I’m there at least twice a week even if it’s to walk around and talk to the employees. BUT you can never go wrong with a Lush bath to relax after a long day of shopping or cooking! We stock up on their Christmas line because it just makes me so happy.

Christmas Music

I’m such a nerd when it comes to this, but I will pick a 3 hour video on YouTube that’s Christmas music and some lame video of a fireplace or picture of a snowy field and a cute cottage home. This instantly makes me happier, and I find myself way more productive especially when it comes to housework.

Sitting around a bonfire

There’s so much nostalgia when sitting around a bonfire, it’s one of my favorite things to do in the winter. This would be just as amazing if we had a fireplace, but seeing that we don’t, sitting outside bundled up talking is the next best thing!

Crocheting

Pretty sure I’ve skipped a few decades with this one, but there’s just something about creating something out of nothing. I’m always crocheting scarves that it’s become such a mindless routine that I can crochet and binge watch The Great British Bake Off … and this makes my heart happy.

So, this holiday season, if you need to take a moment for yourself away from all the hustle and bustle, hopefully you’ll be able to indulge in one of these fun ideas!

Michelle, and her wonderful husband Michael, moved to Baton Rouge from Houma, 3 years ago to help launch Anchor Chapel. Though it's been 3 years, there's a 99.9% chance she'll still get lost unless she uses the GPS on her phone. They are the parents to a spunky, Disney loving 2-year-old named Maverick. She graduated from Nicholls State University and earned her degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She has since then has decided to trade that in for a life of a working stay at home mom. She loves all things Jesus, Lush, and Disney!

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