One of the things people love about the holidays is the food. From Thanksgiving up until Christmas Day, you will inevitably see plenty of stores and restaurants offering specific foods and drinks to get you in the mood for the holiday you’re about to celebrate, such as pumpkin or peppermint flavored everything. I’m one of those people who has to have certain foods you’ll only find around the holidays. Because it’s only once a year you get to consume pumpkin pie or grandma’s special eggnog, it’s the perfect time to indulge in these delectable goodies until next November and December again. On this Christmas Eve, I list some of my favorite holiday sweets I absolutely must have at least once every year.
One of the things I love about Christmastime are the Christmas songs. It’s the one time in the year I can listen to old favorites and some new ones with nostalgia and warm familiarity. There’s no other time to listen to these holiday specific songs without people thinking you’re weird for blasting them in the middle of July. But when December 1st hits, my whole apartment is filled with the catchy tunes most people would naturally know by heart.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away for many Americans who celebrate it. It’s a time for family (or friends) to gather together once more to give thanks for what we have and to eat ourselves into a turkey induced coma. While I look forward to piling my plate high with turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, and all the traditional foods you would see at a Thanksgiving table, what I really enjoy the most is the quality time I get to spend with my family. Food and great company are a perfect pairing, and it makes me think about a scenario in which I’d be able to celebrate Thanksgiving, or Friendsgiving, with some of my favorite video game characters. In honor of Thanksgiving week, I have created a shortlist of a cast of video game characters I would most want to spend Friendsgiving with.
Christmas is just a week away and everyone will be cranking up their favorite holiday songs, whether it’s a selection from a personal playlist or a radio station that has been playing non-stop Christmas music since the day after Thanksgiving. There’s always the usual favorites and classics, like Jingle Bell Rock or Carol of the Bells that will play without fail every single year. But then you have those other Christmas songs that don’t play as much on the radio or are original, new releases from today’s hottest artists that don’t get any air time at all. With Christmas almost here, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite songs that I wish played more often than they actually are. I mean, there’s only so many different renditions of Santa Baby or It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year you can listen to before it gets just the tiniest bit played out.
We all grow up with certain family traditions and traditions tend to be more prominent around the holiday season. It has become a family tradition over the years for my mom and I to be responsible for putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. Time would be set aside on the weekend to take out and dust off boxes of ornaments from the closet and play Christmas music as the lights were strung and our favorite ornaments got a chance to be admired on the evergreen branches once again.
Once the tree was done and decorations were up, Christmas never really felt like Christmas until I dug out my favorite holiday movies and watched them again in anticipation for the arrival of Christmas Day, dreaming of all the cool and wonderful toys I’d get to unwrap and play. Being brushed with a burst of childhood nostalgia as Christmas is only a few days away, I compiled a list, in no particular order, of the Christmas movies I absolutely had to watch every holiday season. I may be a grown woman who hasn’t seen these movies in ages, but the ones on this list are very near and dear to my heart.
It’s Christmas week and it has come upon us a little too quickly for my liking. I’m not the only one who feels this way. Just about everyone I spoke to feels the same way. The end of 2013 feels like a marathon race to get to the finish line, which would be 2014, but it’s still my favorite time of the year. I enjoy seeing all the Christmas decorations and spending time with my friends and family, as we get together for holiday parties and gorging ourselves on delicious food and eggnog. Because it’s Christmas week and New Year’s the following week, this post will be short and a good opportunity to address my blog being nominated for Blog of the Year!
Thanksgiving is a few days away for those of us who celebrate it. Sometimes we wouldn’t even know it’s Thanksgiving thanks to all the stores, media, and Internet skipping over the acknowledgment of Thanksgiving and going straight to the other holiday…Christmas.
With the economy still in bad shape a lot of retail and online stores are getting pretty desperate to capture our attention and wallets. Before the stores would wait until the actual Black Friday to bring out their best deals to offer. Nowadays, this year in particular, the deals are being rolled out earlier. A lot of places have called their deals, “Pre-Black Friday sales,” “Countdown to Black Friday,” or any other variation of that. A number of places like Amazon and Newegg.com have already started their sales since the start of November.
I’ve been keeping an eye out for the best deals out there to get a jump start on my holiday shopping for friends and loved ones. Only, I actually failed to really shop for friends and loved ones. What ended up happening was I see video game, DVD, or clothing sales advertised, against my own better judgment I browse through what was on sale, find something I like, and I buy for me.
It’s horrible. Considering I’m also on a budget, what goes from a well-intentioned shopping/browsing trip ends up becoming the all about me shopping trip and seeing my own desires for the stuff on my own personal wish list quenched.
Amazon has been the worst when it comes to their recent video games sale for Pre-Black Friday. I’m not one to buy a game as soon as it comes out. I tend to wait it out until it becomes on sale or someone gives me the game I want as a present. The temptation to buy is hard to resist. A lot of the sales I have encountered have been very good. I probably wouldn’t have whipped out the credit card if it wasn’t.
These early sales have been good because I end up buying what I want for less than what I would have paid for it had I bought it at regular retail value. The downside is I get no shopping done for anybody else. It has been quite a dilemma this year.
Pre-Black Friday and Black Friday sales tend to be good for electronics and DVDs. These tend to be the most expensive and popular items to buy. You just can’t pass up a good deal when you see one. The one sale I would have liked to see more of would be manga. I suppose places like Amazon can’t bring down the prices of the books more than they already have. I find Amazon to be one of the cheaper places to buy manga compared to a lot of local bookstores. Then again, a huge markdown on select manga volumes would be ideal for the manga lover. If they did an all anime/manga sale I’m sure it would be a hit. We fans get to buy the merchandise for cheap and the stores make a huge profit. This is something Amazon or any store should consider.
Has anyone else had the problem of buying for themselves instead of for others around the holiday season? Did you come into a store thinking you were going to buy for this particular person only to leave the store with a jacket, book, game, or DVD for yourself? It’s definitely happening to me more this year than all the previous ones. Must have better self-control.