I've been busy lately with finishing up my Christmas decorating and shopping, planning some holiday baking and deciding on outfits for Christmas parties. I only listen to Christmas music in the car this time of year, so I'm humming a carol almost all of the time.
I love Christmas. It really is such a festive time, and I love having the extra reasons to connect with people and do fun things you can only do at Christmas.
One such activity? Checking out the Christmas lights and decorations at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
I don't do this every year, mostly because it's always the same and I like having a few years to forget what it all looks like. I like going and entering this mystical land of twinkly lights and waterfalls and greenery. The hotel is seriously amazing, and I love having a reason to go out there and wander around.
A good friend of mine suggested we head out there, and as soon as he said it I knew that I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Saturday night. So after dinner, we headed out there and joined the massive crowds (Opry Mills mall is nearby, and you can imagine it's a madhouse this time of year). After we finally found a parking spot, we made our way into the hotel and wandered around talking and checking out the lights.
So simple, but so lovely.
The nativity scene and the really cool trees covered in lights.
Us with the big tree off in the distance.
Oh, and did I mention it's gotten really freaking cold here? 25 degrees!!! I have photo evidence, see? I guess it makes it feel more like Christmas, but dang I hate the cold.
I also watched the movie The Holiday this weekend with my mom... I LOVE that one as far as the "newer" holiday movies go.
I also finished up some crafting that I am really proud of... but I can't tell you about it because it was something I did as part of my gifts for my friends this year. If I remember, I'll share a picture of what I made after I've given them out.
This week is going to be kind of busy, mostly because of the season. I've got plans with different friends to meet and catch up. It's always fun to do that this time of year. I'm working a Christmas benefit this week (an awesome reason to wear a fabulous new dress I bought!).
And then I'm leaving Friday to go to Huntsville to run the Rocket City Marathon on Saturday. So maybe that's not part of the Christmas season, but it's kind of fun to run a marathon this time of year. :)