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All Holiday Shopped Out!

Hey, how are you all doing in your holiday shopping?  I'm finally done, and my feet are really tired!  I got the last of the presents I needed for family today, and only had one extra Sephora order (for me, I did have to use up the $20 VIB gift card, after all lol). Finished the Christmas cards today and am starting on the outdoor decorating. Tree is up, ready to sing carols.

 

What holiday traditions do you have and how are you coming along?

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The house is decorated inside and out (we go ALL out for Xmas when it comes to decorating). We have the real tree up and several artificial ones around as well. The stairs are done, the fireplace is done. I have most of the Christmas cards ready to go, just have to go out and buy stamps so that I can mail them out. I havent had time for Christmas shopping yet but I have a list of gifts/stores to go to to get the items that I need for everyone. I cant wait to hit the mall and some Tanger outlets!

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Just need to get something for my mother and my boyfriend's father and then we'll be done.

 

No real traditions, but we usually ski on Christmas. Hopefully there'll be enough snow this year.

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Here are some of my family's holiday traditions:

 

1. My mom is Catholic and my dad is Orthodox so we celebrate 2 Christmases and 2 Easters every year.

2. We buy a *whole pig* and eat that instead of things like Turkey. After Thanksgiving, we are all Turkey-d out.

3. We get a real Christmas tree every year. Must be at least 7 ft and *chubby* with thick needles. And we keep it up until after New Years.

4. We open presents on Christmas Eve, not Christmas morning.

5. I always get one of those German Christmas chocolates Candy cone bags. I'm 24 and still love getting these every Christmas.

 

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oh my gosh! Love the chocolate cone bag! Those are so cool! I saw them for the first time this year and bought one for everyone.

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I was so happy when I finished! I'm just waiting for one more thing to come in the mail to wrap. As far as traditions listening to Christmas music while wrapping gifts and making cookies/baking treats, although I'm not making as many different kinds as I usually do this year. Usually my family and I pick out and open one gift on Christmas Eve and last but not least, making cinnamon buns for breakfast on Christmas morning! It's going to be a very different Christmas this year for me though since this will be the first year I havn't lived at home and won't be spending it directly with my family. I think we are going to Skype while opening gifts though, which may be a fun new tradition! Smiley Happy

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I've still got a few folks to shop for, a couple of gifts that are delivered and in need of wrapping, and some that I'm decking out and customizing. I don't have a tree or anything festive set up in my apartment, but I did help decorate the front desk at work. My last order from Sephora is coming in, and might I add that Sephora has been the BEST site I've ordered from! So great on notifications, status updates, and quick on shipping! I wish all the other sites I ordered stuff on were so great!

 

My holiday list got a bit bigger this year as I'm getting gifts for my boyfriend's family too. I think I hit around 50-60 people a year! Haha! Lots of aunts and uncles, plus tons of cousins and friends!

 

This year I'll be with my boyfriend in his hometown, so I won't be spending Christmas with my family.

 

Usually (when I am with my fam on holidays), we have a pre-Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve at one of my cousins' house. We exchange gifts and lucky money in red envalopes, take a bunch of photos, and feast!

 

Then on the day of there's early morning diem sum (which is like a brunch/buffet but made even cooler because all the food comes out in steam carts so you sit still while you get to gaze over what you want and get the food delivered to you), then it's off to dinner #1 with my mom's side of the family, normally at an aunt's house or cousin's house, then back to China town or to a Japanese restaurant where my aunt works for dinner #2 with the family on my dad's side. My mom is one of six and so is my dad so it's crazy how big the family is!

 

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I am almost done! I got a high quality eraser and some pastel blender sticks from Michaels for my brother, a cranberry mustard sauce for my grandpa who loves to try new things, a lush goodie for my mom, and a town decoration for my grandma. You know the ones with the little people and the village? Yeah one of those haha. I'm doing two secret santas this year, for one girl I got a camera necklace from Forever21 because she likes photography

and for the other I got those really cute shea infused fuzzy socks from bath and body works, along with two seasonal hand sanitizers.

 

I only have one person left to shop for- my boyfriend! I know what I want, it's just out of stock on thinkgeek. Argh! I'll figure something out though. 

 

As for traditions, my family got our tree on Sunday, but we have yet to decorate it. Our biggest tradition, that happens every year without fail, is that my parents get me and my brother pajamas, and we open them after Christmas eve mass, so we can wear them to bed. Its such a cozy tradition haha. 

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Yes all shopped out is the pefect stament for me too. I am finally done and man I'm glad , tree is put up and yard lights and wreath is hung on the door. We don't really have any holiday traditions just the norm. I do love Christmas but boy I'm tired!=D

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100% online shopping for me this year! It's not too late to order gifts online for delivery in time! Smiley Happy

 

Ps.  Personal favorite are the little stocking stuffers like 

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Ah, I cannot believe Christmas will be here next week!

 

I've already done most of my shopping. All that remains is finding some things for the boys in my life Smiley Happy. My dog Remy, my dad, and my boyfriend.

 

I'm thinking about just getting Remy a little sweater (since he gets cold easily) and some treats. My boyfriend and I are buying one another a couch for Christmas...but I'm still gonna get him some PJs and slippers. For my dad I'm thinking about just getting him some healthy snacks and a nice bottle of wine; he's a pack rat so I try to get him things that can be used and tossed.

Whimsically yours,
Janine
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