It’s Week 33 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 33: Something You Look Forward To
Holidays have always been a big deal in my house. It didn’t matter if it was Easter or Halloween, our house decorated and we were celebrating in any way we could. This is something you tend to take for granted as a kid, because if you grew up in a household where every holiday was celebrated to the max it gave an unrealistic expectation for what to expect when you finally move out on your own.
I love the change of the seasons. It’s like a fresh start and a chance to spring clean, summer clean (is that even a thing?) or fall clean… you get where I’m going with this. While I look forward to the start of a new season every few months, there are two that I look forward to most every year.
I must admit that while growing up, fall was like sentencing my joy to death. I hate cold weather, so it’s ironic that the two times of year I look forward to most happen during the cooler months. Despite the frigid temperatures, I adore just about everything that is fall. I look forward to the changing colors of the leaves, the surplus of hot chocolates, pumpkin spice treats, Halloween, fall themed decor, and adorable boots and scarves. Halloween is hands down one of my favorite holidays, so it’s only fitting that fall gets a special mention.
Decorating for Halloween has always been serious business in my family. Whether it was trying to find a spooky CD mix to play on Halloween that wouldn’t scare the cats, or figuring out how much candy to buy, my family went all out every year. Our house was decorating from roof to floor with decorations, and you could feel the spirit of Halloween when you walked through the front door. Another classic tradition was the movies! I’ve always been a sucker for a good horror movie, but those aside, I can’t get enough of the classics. If you want to see my must see Halloween movies, you can check them out here.
Fall is a magical time of year for me. I have carved pumpkins every single year, after picking out the perfect pumpkin and then making Mr. Penny Pincher carry it! We’ve made homemade pumpkin bread (which was delicious in case you were wondering), and I always love to add a little fall decor to our home. I break out the sparkling apple cider and we snuggle up together on the couch during those cool fall nights.
I could spend an entire book talking about how much I love Christmas, so I promise I will try to keep it as brief as humanly possible. Santa Claus at shopping malls had nothing on our house at Christmas time! My mother took Christmas very seriously. From the Christmas village on the china cabinet that grew so big it took over parts of the kitchen, to her collection of at least 20 snow globes, our house was probably an exact replica of The North Pole. We helped families in need, went to visit Christmas light shows, and baked cookies for Santa every single year.
Another favorite childhood memory, that I’ve now brought to our home, was the Christmas advent calendar! Last year I was in charge of the calendar, and I planned 25 days of fun activities and small gifts for Mr. Penny Pincher. It was a really exciting time because he had no idea what was in any of them! They ranged from small activities like hot chocolate and a Christmas movie, all the way up to driving a city away and seeing a Festival of Lights. I have always loved the Christmas season, and have brought many of my family’s traditions right into our home. Mr. Penny Pincher knows that as soon as Thanksgiving is done, we are in Christmas mode until the end of December.
These times of year are very near and dear to my heart. They mark the anniversary of when I first started dating Mr. Penny Pincher, and soon our wedding anniversary! These times of year hold a special place in my heart, and so many memories have been built during these times of the year.