Today I enjoyed a lovely outing with my Mom, aunt, & cousin. We had chai lattes and talked about girl stuff. So fun, & I can’t wait to do it again!
I’ve always thought of Christmas as a magical time. The lights, the smells, the gifts. This time of year is just so different from the rest. For many of us, it’s a great time to incorporate Christmas traditions. Whether you realize you have them or not, most of us do something special during the Christmas season that has become a tradition. I’ve listed my top 10 must do Christmas traditions that are sure to add the Christmas spirit to your holiday. Enjoy!
1. Bake Cookies ~ Whether for yourself or someone else, cookies are a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. The classics are sugar, gingerbread, & shortbread.
2. Buy Gifts ~ Many people start long before the temperature gets cold outside. Sadly, I’m not one of those people. I take advantage of all the holiday sales, & tend to shop for gifts right up until Christmas.
3. Wrap Presents ~ Check out my recent post for wrapping tips & tricks!
4. Put Up Your Tree ~ One of my favorite traditions, I love having my tree up right after Thanksgiving. That way I can enjoy the lights for as long as possible.
5. Play in the Snow ~ This season doesn’t look like I’ll get much snow anytime soon. If you are lucky enough to enjoy a snow day, build a snowman, snow angels, & go sledding!
6. Watch a Christmas Movie ~ There are so many great Christmas movies to watch! I love It’s a Wonderful Life, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, & Meet Me In St. Louis.
7. Enjoy Family Time ~ Many people only get a chance to see family during the holidays. Take advantage of that time together, & don’t forget to take pictures.
8. Exchange Gifts with Friends ~ My bestie & I just exchanged our Christmas gifts. We enjoyed an Audrey Hepburn movie & champagne. Taking time for your friends is so important during the holiday rush!
9. Kiss Under the Mistletoe ~ One of the more romantic traditions. Find your special someone & enjoy a magical mistletoe kiss!
10. Start Your Own Christmas Traditions ~ Making your own traditions during the holidays makes them that much more special!
(This was originally posted on April 27, 2014.)
Close to this time last year, I left the Disney College Program to return home. The time I spent working at Walt Disney World was one that I will never forget. I got to go with my best friend, Liz. Not only that, we got to be roommates for four months. I learned so much about myself in that short amount of time. Here are some things I learned during my time in Florida!
1. Roommates Have Pros and Cons.
I loved my roommates I had during this time. Considering we were randomly thrown together, I really lucked out. They were great, and I learned a lot about living with another person who wasn’t family. You have to be more attentive to cleaning up after yourself, sharing things, and making sure you are being respectful of their different views and lifestyles. Even though we had a lot of fun times, I realized I am a person who needs her space. If it was just me and one other person, I think I would have enjoyed the experience a little bit more. I had three other people I was living with, and at times it was sometimes hard to handle. However, these three girls were so sweet and caring! We had many late night talks and hilarious moments. It was fun!
2. You Are On Your Own. Really.
Boy, did I learn this fast. Once my parents dropped me off, I was on my own. I had to make sure I arrived to work on time, got groceries when I was running low, and called maintenance when our smoke detector needed batteries (Yes, this happened. Yes, the beeping was annoying). Living on my own showed me I could do it if I really needed to. But with that said, I missed my family, boyfriend, and puppy. And my room. And my town. If I had the choice, I don’t think I’d want to live alone. It gets lonely and sometimes scary. I think what I learned most is I’m a home-body.
3. Being a CP Has Perks.
While working at Disney, CP’s get certain discounts and benefits. Liz and I used our discount to the best of our abilities (LOTS of shopping trips, both outside Disney and in). I bought multiple items that I still have, and I always felt special whipping out my Disney Employee Card. Another perk was free park admission. My roommates and I took advantage of this as much as we could. Liz and I spent lovely days in Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. A cool thing about being a CP is you enter the parks through the back ways a lot of times. I got to walk around the back side of Epcot (It is a lot of walking and more high-tech than the other parks). I worked at Magic Kingdom, and was able to travel the tunnels underneath the park everyday for my job. Not many people can say that!
4. Earning My Ears Was Emotional.
It may sound silly, but at the end of your program you receive your “ears.” A.K.A. Mickey Mouse ears. I was so proud, and I put mine on as soon as I got them! I can’t believe I could accomplish such an amazing program!
5. Memories Last a Lifetime.
I will never forget my time at the Disney College Program. I had a lot of “firsts.” My first time living on my own, living with roommates, taking care of myself, realizing I could do nearly anything on my own, and how to have fun! Even though at times I had some setbacks and difficulties, I wouldn’t trade my time there for anything. It was magical!
Today I hung out with my family and best friend Liz at an event called A Taste of St. Mary’s. You buy tickets, and use the tickets to taste samples from different vendors who own restaurants around St. Mary’s. All the food was good, and afterwards we stopped at a coffee shop that is also a speakeasy! So fun!
Speakeasy Coffee Shop: