Ways to relive your childhood for Christmas

If there’s one thing I wish I could do, it is rant to a kid about how lucky they have it around Christmas time. They are off from school, they don’t have to worry about getting gifts, and also they have all the time to watch as many Christmas movies as they want multiple times. The saddest thing is that I have a short time frame to spend with my sister over Christmas. I’m furious that I have yet to watch The Santa Clause, which I watched all year round at my grandma’s house and I could care less about the sequels. While I sound like the Grinch, I have found a few ways to liven up Christmas. However, I found a few ways to make Christmas feel more child-like especially for a 90s kid.

Find a Christmas sweater with a pop culture reference – I speak fluent movie quotes. When November 1 arrives, you will see me wearing my Elf “Does Somebody need a hug?” sweatshirt that I got from Etsy. Now, I will wear this like crazy until Christmas. Yes, I am aware that this is way too big. It could not be returned because it was a holiday item. While trying to find the link, I saw that it was gone, but right now, I am trying not to buy the “All I want for Christmas is Steve Harrington” Stranger Things Sweater. Then again, I might own this sweater soon because I love Stranger Things and it has Steve with his bat.

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Moon Glowtion Now I don’t know if you remember the Art Stuff line from Bath and Body works, but it was awesome. It was lotions that left a blue, pink, or green tint on your skin, it had an overwhelming fruit scent, and it was full of glitter. One year Art Stuff released a holiday collection called Twinkle, Twinkle, which the scent was light. My sister and I got mad when we used each other’s lotion or roll on body glitter of Twinkle, Twinkle. I am 98% sure this is the formula. Who is to say that with 2000s trends slightly creeping into fashion we will see body glitter all over at the club and on the red carpet, but right now I am in obsessed with this lotion. However, I just get pure joy where I think of my sister and I playing with our Caboodles makeup cases around 4th grade.

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Buy Something Peanuts-related- Step one: go into a Hallmark Store or “Google Peanuts Holiday Items,” then step two: let your heart be your guide, and step three: make a purchase. This is the cartoon that never ages. So I had been wanting a nativity scene, but I ran across several factors. They are usually fairly large and also they can be pricey. So while attending ICE! by Charlie Brown, I found this Peanuts Nativity Scene by Kurt Adler in the gift shop, but I bought this on Amazon. It’s precious and plus the star lights above the baby Jesus played by Woodstock. However, I get such joy looking at it. Yes, they have the small tree and I had wished I had gotten it before I had found my tree at Nordstrom Rack. However, I’m glad I found the nativity set.

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Get a Great Christmas Picture- Okay so I’m a triplet and we had an annual tradition of Christmas Photos. Either before or after church my mom had us take photos on the stairs with a roll of film. We were outfitted in clothes probably from Storybook or Talbots. There were obviously some bad ones too, but it’s good looking back at the memory. However, aside from the dresses that have to be ironed, you need a good picture of yourself in a festive manner. Luckily my apartment had an awesome professional photographer take pictures of residents. My friend Elizabeth and I snapped a great one in front of the Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting. It’s a good thing to look back on each Christmas. Yes, Elizabeth was with me before in the sweaters.

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Break down and buy that Christmas Movie- I will not lie that I’m furious about the fact that I have Amazon Video, Hulu, Netflix and HBO GO, but none of them offer good holiday movies. If you are like me, then you probably hate Hallmark Movies. I know we have tons of choices when it comes to watching shows on demand, but around Christmas time let me tell you we are just as bad as our parents hoping we get to see Frosty or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer once a year on CBS. Now I have watched the Grinch, but I could not see Home Alone so I just bought it. The older you become Kevin is more of a child and you see the awesome abilities behind John Hughes. I even enjoyed the behind the scenes features were on iTunes Extra. Now I don’t have a tv, so I bought it on iTunes. Now I bought Hocus Pocus 4 years ago on iTunes because I could not watch it in college and I have watched it every year. Just a heads up for next and if you do have a DVD player, Target has great sales on Christmas movies for Black Friday and the following Saturday.

Attend a Christmas Event- Luckily I live in Nashville and I would highly recommend Charlie Brown by ICE! at the Gaylord Opryland. Trust me you will be happy once you enter the room of life-size sculptures. Just try to keep your phone warm in a glove because it will die like mine did due to the cold. Also, there’s a Charlie Brown dinner theatre at the winery at the Fontanel. I enjoyed attending the Nashville Christmas Parade earlier this month. It truly felt like “It’s A Wonderful Life” when Santa came through the parade.

Just roam and look at Christmas lights – Yes, I know this sounds cliche, but if you live in Nashville just gather some friends and just walk around Opryland with drinks. I have had friends that haven’t been to Opryland to see the lights, but it is something to see. I’m not going to lie, I snubbed my nose to the idea of a touristy place, but it is amazing. Plus, the plants around the Gaylord Opryland Hotel are beautiful. So maybe wherever you are, just go with a best friend and walk around parks and hotels where there are Christmas decorations. I wish I could walk around and admire the Christmas decorations of the Palace Hotel, Westfield San Francisco Centre, and Union Square in San Francisco. My family went to San Francisco four years ago around Christmas time and I remember the beauty of the lights.

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There can be joys about the holiday season. I was glad when I saw the Gap commercial with Janelle Monae. I wore striped rainbow colored sweaters all the time as a kid like in the commercial. Plus, it reminded me of the Gap commercials of the boys and girls singing and dancing to covers. It’s up to you to make Christmas lively. I had to take a picture in front of The Diner in Nashville because my grandpa made a tree out of lights like how it is on the building on the side of his house. Who knows I actually might adopt a habit of watching The Santa Clause in July so I can say I saw that Christmas movie this year. In the meantime, if you want me to tell your kids how lucky they are with their time in Christmas or life in general, let me know so I can rant. However, I mean it out of pure love.

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Never strive for a picturesque holiday

This year  I have been caught up in so many things on my to-list. I have played Christmas music to get more in the spirit. I must say the new Hanson Christmas album is on point (no shame). As a Mississippi State Bulldog, I committed a sin. It was not until Monday, November 20, that I remembered the biggest game of the year, The Egg Bowl, is this week. I’m typing this while watching the Friends Thanksgiving episodes trying to think of anything else that should be on my list.

Yes, I believe in merging Thanksgiving and Christmas. It helps one realize that they are truly blessed beginning on November 1. Plus, it helps thankfulness roll over into Christmas. There is no such thing as premature Christmas decorating.

 

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I probably could have found a bad picture from a photo shoots for our annual Christmas Cards when we were really showing out. So here is one of my siblings as grown adults.

My main goal for the holidays has just been to be in a happy spirit to make this world better. I wish making good food was part of the main goal, but it is a time where everyone needs love. Over the past few weeks, I have been longing just for the presence of my family being together under the same roof. My sister has been sending me texts throughout the day of certain recipes to try, so I basically leave planning a few things up to her.

 

During college, I loved a Tommy Hilfiger commercial to Vampire Weekend’s Holiday. They looked so chic where you wanted to dress up. Plus, I love wearing blazers. Both of my grandparents are far from hosting a holiday event that is formal. Yes, I agree that while I enjoy a dinner that has a beautiful place setting, perfectly wrapped presents under a tree, and sweets. However, that is not what one should strive for. It is embarrassing how much food I pile on my plate at my grandma’s house, but I am just excited to see my grandparents. This year I strangely did not think about the delicious food on the table. Distance makes things harder, but I’m just glad to see everyone. Trust me it has been a long two months since I have seen them.

A year ago, I wrote a blog about the holidays being sad, but the truth is I found out I was not alone. Ironically, a year later Bad Moms Christmas was released, which was freaking hilarious. Everyone in America has gone through at least one dramatic part of the movie. So it is naturally fine to have anger around the holidays with a little road rage, stress, and anxiety that the cookies might not turn out well. Anger will happen along the way, but it is okay. We all strive for the perfect Norman Rockwell style holiday, but it eventually turns out like the Griswald’s in Christmas Vacation.

For the meantime, I am just going to tell myself that it will all fall into place with extra things added to my list. It’s just good to have everyone together and that feels like a major luxury. During the season of Thanksgiving, I found two events that I will volunteer for around the Nashville area. I’m just so thankful that during church, I realized that I needed to do something. Not long after, those opportunities, which will happen in 2018, approached me. Well, I am welcoming those opportunities. The fact that is Thanksgiving time hasn’t truly hit me, but that is okay with me because I am not concerned about things being perfect.