I so love this time of year. I love feeling thankful and grateful heading into Thanksgiving and how those feelings continue right on into my birthday in early January. This year, I’m feeling off the charts gratitude and optimism. Helping to maintain these feelings daily, is the cheesy fabulousness of holiday cheer in its many forms.
For starters, I love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I wake up and plant myself in front of the TV and watch all the performances from Broadway shows and make mental notes of all the ones I want to see. Then the parade itself. I love a good marching band so with 12 there’s more to love. I especially love seeing the twirlers as, once a twirler, always a twirler. 🙂 The floats are great. I’ve lived in NYC a few times in my life and I remember my friend, Larry, and I walked to the balloon holding area on the Upper West Side, claimed we were a married couple who lived in a building in the thick of the balloons and we got let through to see them super up close. So fun.
My mom and I went to see the Osbourne Family lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Though we’ve both been coming to Disney for years, we had never seen those and, Oh My Goodness, what a sight! It’s spectacular. You feel totally immersed in lights and music and joy! That triggered the music and, boy, I’ve got the music in me!!! I made my first pecan pie the next day (with a gluten free nut crust and brown rice syrup and maple agave filling) while enjoying carols, singing
and dancing around the kitchen. Fa La La!
We also went to the Magic Kingdom and saw their Frozen Castle lighting. Wow, that was spectacular. I feel so grateful to be so close to such magic and getting to spend the time and have lovely memories with my mommy. You’ve got to love that, while walking out down Main Street, their gorgeous lights are a bit meh after the wonder of the other lights. I feel happily spoiled.
I put up lights at my mom’s. Having always lived in an apartment, I never realized how gratifying this is. I was proud of myself as I was able to put mesh lights on the hedge on both sides of the door walkway and connect them up and around the doorway with a single strand so that everything was interconnected and only one plug needed an outlet. Yea me! (Not that it was too pretty up close with all my little duct tape pieces around the door but from a distance it’s beautiful!) We also got one of those projector laser light things that makes your whole tree or house look like it’s covered in lights with pretty much zero effort. Genius invention.
Hallmark Holiday Movies
But my real love of the holiday season is the wonder that is the Hallmark Holiday Movie!!! Oh my God, the love runs deep. Yes, they’re formulaic and some seem like they spent two minutes on a script, slapped two pretty people with no chemistry together and shot it in one additional minute, but I still eat them up. This year, I’m staying at my mom’s. She doesn’t have the Hallmark Channel or a DVR – I thought I was going to need a 12-step program. I actually tried watching a couple on YouTube and they were just fuzzy enough to be really annoying. I was very happily surprised when I found that Lifetime had Holliday movies that shockingly didn’t end with a Christmas day slaughter by the husband of the daughter and wife sleeping with the same teenager. They were all about the cheesy fabulousness of the season. Yea, Lifetime. Who knew!?!
Any holiday must-do’s on your lists? Happy Holidays!