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December 13, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

11 days until Christmas Eve!

Today is Moving Day! You know what the first thing going up in our new apartment will be? Our Christmas tree (after our bed, of course).

You know something? I used to hate Christmas. I have definitely been both a Scrooge and a Grinch, but my handsome pilot who loves Christmas has been working on me and it's slowly starting to change. This year, I actually find myself looking forward to Christmas. He definitely brings out the best in me!

Because Pinterest is just full of holiday ideas right now, I thought I'd share some of my favorite holiday-themed pins.

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I love the idea of having a home that people can constantly drop in and out of. Wouldn't this hot chocolate bar be perfect to have on hand through the winter? Thanks for dropping by, have some hot chocolate! I love it. For gatherings that are a little bit more well planned, you could whip up one of these hot chocolate recipes.

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I'm all for simple decorating during the holidays. Isn't it the absolute worst when you take down your Christmas tree and all of a sudden it just feels so empty where your tree once was? This is both simple and practical and it looks great!

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I absolutely adore the look of this living room. It's so simple, yet so festive.

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These Christmas gift tags are too cute to not share. So is this Christmas wrapping. I love it.

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Are you noticing a pattern here? Simplicity. When it comes to the holidays, I'm all about it. Though I do dream of having a 30 house Christmas village in my home one day.

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While decorating is nice, who doesn't love holiday baking? I'm dying to try these Chocolate Peppermint Bars. Chocolate + peppermint? What's not to love?

Cassie from Back to Her Roots has never steered me wrong. These Chewy Lemon Snowdrop Cookies are definitely going on my holiday baking list, as are her Chewy Gingerbread Cookies. I just love gingerbread.
One thing I haven't been able to find? A recipe for crinkle cookies. I had one for the first time at Panera last year and loved it! I've seen a few recipes for gluten-free versions, but I wand the real ones. Anyone have any they want to share?

What's on your holiday baking list? 
Are you a simple, yet festive kind of holiday decorator?
Or does your set up rival Clark Griswold's?

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5 comments:

  1. HOOORAY for your husband curbing the scroogeness ;)!

    I love all your simple ideas. As I've grown up, I've become much more drawn to the simple and beautiful, instead of the loud and bright. Well, unless it's sparkly or pink.

    Hope the move goes well. Glad today isn't too rainy or gross for ya! Sending easy moving vibes your way!

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  2. I love the simplistic look too. Sometimes when you have too much from different places and everything is mis-matchy is ends up looking overwhelming and tacky. The looks you picked out are simple and chic and I love it. And even the 30 house Christmas village looks cute!!
    Hope you're feeling settled into the new place!!

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  3. Lovely ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  4. I'm so glad you are getting into the Christmas spirit! If I ever have the space I am totally making a hot chocolate bar!!

    I think I am going to try to make these crinkle cookies! Not sure what kind you are looking for but these looks amazing to me.

    http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/978093/chocolate-snowball-crinkles-recipe

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  5. My mom is incredibly festive--our house just spits out Christmas everywhere!!! But in my apartment, I realized that I don't have as much festive stuff as I thought. I definitely have the tree, and little things here and there, and some lights, but it's not overwhelming and I kinda like that. Then it won't be as bare when I have to take it down--I just replace it with a neutral decoration :)

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