I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and loved ones!
I always say it, but it really is the sweetest time of year!
I am back today to recap our Christmas season!
If you know me, you know that I decorated before Thanksgiving even arrived. It’s so much work and I like to enjoy all of it for as long as I can!
After Thanksgiving, we began our Christmas festivities in down town Spartanburg on our little town square at Dicken’s of a Christmas! It gets everyone in the Christmas spirit with Santa Claus, carolers, a Christmas market, kids can write letters to Santa, carriage rides, and the official lighting of the Christmas tree in down town!
Next, we had Cochran Christmas a little early with Harry’s family! We are missing Rose, who is in Spain and Robby, who is in California. Harry’s parents went to visit Rose for Christmas who is living in Spain for a year, so we celebrated a little early! It’s always a fun time with my in-laws. Big families are the best!!
Our school really decks the halls in December! We have a school wide door decorating contest, Polar Express Day with pajamas, a party, and Santa. Elf on a Shelf is always a hit in 4K. My grade level also had a work party! I love my team of 8!
We also had an early snow this year!! It came down on a Friday afternoon and our ground stayed white all weekend in Boiling Springs! I hope this is an early sign that we will have a lot more snow this winter!!
Jammy Cocoa Christmas!! I have read about this tradition from one of my favorite family blogs for years and I think it is so cool that I decided to start it last year. I make us put on pajamas and go somewhere for a sweet treat and hot chocolate (or Harry’s case, chocolate milk). We listen to Christmas music on the way there and back! This year, we went to Krispy Kreme!!
We attended the candlelight service at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg. It is always so special each year!
Some things that I failed to take pictures of:
-I went to see the Nutcracker with my mother in law and I loved it!! I hadn’t seen it in years. I would love to make that a new tradition each year!
-Lots of shopping and Christmas movies!! I actually write on my calendar,
“movie night in” so that I don’t forget to watch all of my favorite Christmas movies!!
–A night of making Christmas cookies!
-Christmas dinner with Brittany!
–Special dinner and birthday cake for Jesus!!
I love celebrating Harry’s birthday in December! This year, I surprised him with tickets to see the Panthers play. It was even sweeter because the Panthers won against Green Bay Packers!
December 19th- we celebrated our second wedding anniversary! We had dinner at The Piedmont Club in Spartanburg and we came back to our apartment complex and Harry surprised me with champagne and dessert by the fire pit outside.
Friday morning, we had a little Christmas at our apartment before going away for the weekend. We made breakfast and did presents with each other and Ace!
The weekend before Christmas, we went to the Grove Park in Asheville! It is so magical being there at Christmas time. It was the perfect get away to begin Christmas break!
Christmas Eve, we visited Harry’s Nana then, we headed to Clover for Christmas with my family! Christmas morning in Clover is always so fun because Ethan is only 10 years old and the magic of Christmas is still so fun with him. We put reindeer food outside with Ethan, we (attempted) to make a gingerbread house, and watched lots of Christmas movies. We stayed in Clover for 3 nights and spent time with family!
I love building traditions with my family! Traditions are so special to me!
The greatest gift of all and reason for the season will always be Jesus! That is why I say, this is the sweetest time of year. He can provide that peace and hope that you are searching for!
I know some families were hurting this Christmas. It may have been the first Christmas without a loved one or another reason causing your family to hurt. Please know, that you were in our thoughts and prayers!