Countdown to Christmas: My Favorite Sights of the Season

Countdown to Christmas: My Favorite Sights of the Season

I absolutely love compiling these seasonal round-up posts. There are endless clever holiday ideas out there, and I have so much fun rounding them up to share with you here. The seasonal ideas are particularly abundant at Christmastime, so this holiday I had to extend my “Seasonal Seven” to include even more awesome seasonal sightings. I hope you enjoy these December Delights as much as I have!

My Favorite Sights of the Season

10 Holiday Design Stars to Inspire As You Deck the Halls

Because we all want to be home for the holidays, and a home that’s decked out for Christmas is just that much better.

10 Holiday Design Stars

Come Let Us Adore Him Mantle // Metallic Ornament Wreath // Framed Ho Ho Ho // Package Center Piece // Candy Cane Centerpiece // Rustic Candle Centerpiece // Simple Ornament Centerpiece // Rustic Wall-Mounted Christmas Tree // Ornamental Shadow Box // White Joy Mantle

9 Awesome Advent Calendars to Make Next Year

Because it’s too late to start a new advent calendar for this Christmas, but these ideas are so great that you’ll want to keep them in mind as you prepare for Christmas of 2016.

9 Advent Calendars

Wall-Mounted Advent Calendar // Message in a Bottle Advent Calendar // Christmas Advent Jar // Christmas Activity Countdown // Christmas Present Advent Calendar // Mini Tree Advent Calendar // Wreath & Ornament Countdown // Silhouette Advent Calendar // Magnetic Advent Calendar 

8 Christmas Movies to Watch This Season

Because everyone has their list of favorite holiday movies—those movies that must be watched at some point during the Christmas season—and these are mine. (How many of them are on your must-see movie list?)

EIght Must-See Christmas Movies

 Jack Frost // Elf // The Family Man // It’s a Wonderful Life // White Christmas // A Charlie Brown Christmas // Miracle on 34th Street // The Santa Clause

7 Beloved Christmas Stories to Read as a Family

Because reading together as a family is always a good idea, and it’s even more fun when the story is Christmas-themed, the beverage of choice is steaming cups of hot cocoa, and the fireplace is crackling in the background.

7 Beloved Christmas Stories for the FamilyThe Velveteen Rabbit // The Night Before Christmas // How the Grinch Stole Christmas // Cranberry Christmas // The Legend of the Candy Cane // The Tale of Three Trees // The Polar Express

6 Festive Treats to Bring to Your Cookie Exchange

Because this is the year you plan to win the prize for Cutest Cookie Contribution.

6 Festive Treats

Peanut Butter Reindeer // Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites // Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookies // Thumbprint Snowman Cookies // Oreo Ornaments // Christmas Cornflake Wreaths

5 Holiday Crafts to Make With Your Kids

Because nothing says “Christmas” like glitter and craft sticks!

5 Holiday Kids CraftsStained Glass Nativity // Fir Tree from Colored Ribbons // Cupcake Liner Angels // DIY Ornaments // Flower Pot Snowman

4 Creative Gifts to Give to Your Neighbors

Because great neighbors deserve gifts that are fun but don’t break your budget, and because you want to change things up from the cookie plates you give every year.

4 Creative Neighbor Gifts

Elf Mason Jar // Hot Cocoa Kit // Redbox Movie Night // Dip Mix Ornaments

3 Terrifically Tacky Christmas Sweaters to Wear to Your Family Reunion

Because that baby sweater is just too cute to pass up, and this is the one time of year when it’s socially acceptable for Mom and Dad can join in on the cuteness.

3 Tacky Christmas SweatersWomen’s Lighted Fireplace Sweater // Christmas Baby Preppy Cardigan and Bow Tie // Men’s Mele Kalikimaka Sweater

2 Unique Nativity Sets to Add to Your Collection

Because a Nativity set is a beautiful and meaningful part of a holiday home, and it could be fun to incorporate one that is a bit unexpected.

2 Unique Nativity Sets

He is My Rock Painted Nativity // Pillars of Heaven Nativity Set (with Bible Verse Inscriptions)

1 Tradition to Start This Year

Because this is our own first Christmas as a family of three, and we’re excited to begin some new holiday traditions.

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Christmas Eve Jammies and a Book  

Since we spend Christmas Eve with extended family, we’ll be giving Charlie his Christmas jammies and new Christmas book on Christmas Eve Eve. . . I hope this will be one of many Christmas traditions that our family will look forward to for years to come.