Friday Favorites-Holiday Activities

We made it to another Friday! Every year the holiday season seems to pass so quickly. I like to try and slow down a bit and enjoy a few holiday events along the way. I’m sharing some of my favorites; you should be able to find similar events and activities in your community if you are looking for some Christmas cheer!

Downtown Greensboro Festival of Lights-we attended this in 2016 but were unable to go last year, so we are really looking forward to it. Greensboro has a vibrant downtown, which we enjoy visiting year round, but it is really special at Christmas time. They erect a huge tree in one of the parks, and folks gather to sing carols for 20 minutes or so, and then they light the tree. The main drag through downtown is closed to traffic, and there are carolers, hand warming stations, marshmallow roasting, children’s activities, and so much more. The atmosphere is so festive, and everyone is cheerful. Many of the local shops stay open late so you can just browse or do some holiday gift shopping. There are several restaurants and pubs along the way, so we’ll likely stop off for some dinner as well.

Tree shopping-another of our holiday traditions is shopping for the perfect Christmas 🎄. North Carolina has a huge Christmas tree industry, with many tree farms in the mountains, so we like to support an in-state farmer and buy a tree grown right here at home. We have tree shopped in all kinds of weather, from wearing t-shirts to last year when it was sleeting and we had to wear parkas! It is always a fun time though, and really starts to feel like Christmas when we cut the baling and see the tree in all its glory in our living room!

Christmas parties-we are usually fortunate enough to attend a couple of Christmas parties throughout the season. We might be invited to a neighbor’s home, have a work function, or something else. Last year we attended the Christmas party at our pool/tennis club, and really enjoyed it. (That’s the pics below) I am watching for an email with this year’s date, hoping they throw this bash again. We will be attending a work holiday function this weekend at a local country club; really looking forward to kicking back and relaxing a bit in an elegant setting.

And finally, who can resist a few quiet evenings sitting by the fire with hot cider or cocoa, relaxing, enjoying the tree and other decorations, and each other’s company. It’s important to slow down a little and enjoy the season. We rush around so much, shopping, cooking, attending events, wrapping, filling out cards, etc., so we really enjoy these quieter times. It helps for reflection as well, thinking back over the year, looking forward to whatever comes our way in the new year, and remembering the reason for the season, the birth of our Savior.

There are so many more events, activities, and things to do in our community, and yours, that I could go on all day! Even if you already have traditions you enjoy during the season, take a moment to look for something new. Maybe there’s a light display you haven’t been to, or a holiday themed 5k you’ve been wanting to sign up for. Whatever your preference, enjoy what your community has to offer, and enjoy the season!

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend everyone!

-Beth

Friday Favorites-Giving Thanks

Hello, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. For today’s Friday Favorites post, no clothes, accessories, scenery, or other pics. I just want to share a few things I am thankful for.

1)Good health. After watching several loved ones’ health decline, I am that much more grateful for the gift of being healthy. Sure, once you start to get older there are aches and pains here and there, but I am able-bodied, take no medication, and rarely have to see a doctor outside of checkups. I can walk, run, hike, and do all the things I enjoy, which is truly a gift from God. I am thankful for the continued good health of other loved ones as well, and don’t take it for granted.

2)Family. I don’t live near my family, so I don’t see them very often, but I know they are there if I need them and will always have my back.

3)My wonderful husband. He takes such good care of me and has helped us build a solid, happy life together. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

4)My dog. All our dogs have been gifts from God and their unconditional love is something you can’t get anywhere else. Our current dog, Harrison, showed up in our life right when we needed him the most, and he is an amazing source of comfort when times are tough.

5)The comforts of life. I don’t mean this in a materialistic way. But I am so thankful to have a sturdy roof over my head, plenty of food to eat, electricity, running water, heat and A/C, and clothes to keep me warm or cool. So many people don’t have these things, and they are the things I find myself taking for granted the most.

This post could have been pages and pages long, as I am so fortunate and blessed. Our God is so good, to bless someone like me in so many ways. I try everyday to consciously be more thankful, but I get caught up in my own thoughts and sometimes forget to have a grateful attitude.

I hope you take a few minutes over this Thanksgiving weekend to think about what you are thankful for. Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for visiting!

-Beth