The lovely Sienna Mooney introduced me to the Internet Advent Calendar for the days leading up to Christmas. Since I think advent calendars are outrageously expensive, or the ones that I seem to want are (that Benefits one? Geez!), but I really liked the idea of looking forward to something each day leading up to the 25th. I was going to attempt to do Vlogmas as my introduction to the Youtube community, but maybe I’ll leave that to a time when I can hold a camera steady. The experiment this morning was a disaster.

Fiona started the idea of the Internet Advent Calendar and since today is the 1st of December, AKA Christmas 1st, it’s time to start answering the questions!

Day 1: What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

My favorite thing about Christmas is the baking. My mom and I always bake way too much when it comes to Christmas goodies. Usually a week or two before Christmas, we have friends come over with their kids and we all combine our baking knowledge into wondrous sweets. Because I hate doing the tedious job of cutting out the cookies, I give the kids that come over the cut outs to help with the cookies. The tradition has become such a thing that we all have our own personal aprons with Christmas sayings on them. Last year, I even bought my brother one, although he doesn’t join us on the bake-athon. In about a week’s time, we’ll start our baking night with lots of wine, coffee, and eggnog for the kids. Our kitchen will be scattered with flour and eggs and the air will be filled with Michael Bublé’s Christmas album.

The menu so far:
Cut out sugar cookies
Chocolate covered pretzels
Chocolate covered pecans/clusters
Brownies cut in the shape of a christmas tree

I’m sure there will be a lot more added into the list since my gifts to people are usually a tin of homemade treats. Cheap, easy, and thoughtful. Three words that describe me. Wait…what?

What are some of your favorite things about the holidays? I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, so what do you look forward to around the holidays? Family? Gifts? The lights? Everyone being in a good mood? Let me know in the comments!

If you would like to join in, all the questions for the the calendar are here.


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