A Griswold Family Christmas
Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Alyn Wharmby is an Ohio native turned middle school teacher and graduate student, currently earning a degree in School Administration at UNC Charlotte. She is beginning her new life with fiance Erik and chihuahua Bella on July 13, 2013. Contact Alyn here.
Im all about holiday festivities. Others may mock, but I am that crazy lady who lights up the whole house, has a 12 foot tree that brushes the ceiling and takes up a quarter of her living room, and jumps on board for all holiday parties. I am no stranger to the holiday spirit!Ive also frequently acknowledged my addiction to sugary treats. One of my favorite holiday traditions is an annual cookie-baking day where I invite all the girls over and we drink mimosas and bake. In all honesty, it usually ends up that everyone drinks mimosas and eats cookies while I bake. One year, all my friends were napping off mimosas by lunch time--- while I baked. Luckily, I dont mind. Baking is a secret addiction for me--- one that I have to keep in check. Baking isnt something you do after lunch--- baking IS lunch. When I bake, I taste as I go. Chocolate melting wafers, batter, cookies fresh from the oven--- its all fair game. Christmas baking is a whole different breed of baking from your average birthday cake or batch of brownies. Its a planned process. I make a list of the cookies Im making, a shopping list of supplies, and then I execute. Usually after three days of straight baking, I am both sick and two pounds heavier.Needless to say, Im forfeiting the annual cooking baking day this year for the sake of my calorie intake. Im not completely giving up on my Christmas treats or traditions--- Im still baking a few batches to bring to gatherings and partaking in all my usual Christmas pleasures.Erik and I have tried over the past few years to create a few of our own holiday customs to make our holiday season more memorable for the two of us. We take one night together to go see all the lights in the local area. We pack Christmas cookies and take a nice long drive and then come home and open gifts (early) before we leave for Ohio to see my family. We always stop at a few random locations as we make the trip north, special destinations that each of us look forward to. Trying to de-stress when making an eight hour drive and hopping between three separate family gatherings is essential--- we have to bring some calm to the process!Wishing you and yours the joy of all your holiday traditions. Happy Holidays!
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