Coffee Talk: My Favorite Holiday Traditions

It's here—the most wonderful time of year!

I have the absolute best memories of Christmas from when I was growing up. I remember it as a time of joy, of laughter, of good food, and of taking time to be thankful for all that you have. In my adult life, I've been thinking a lot this year about what exactly makes the holidays so special, and for me, it's the traditions: those things I've done every single year that make it feel like home, no matter where I am.

Here are some traditions we have that I'll be continuing this year. What are yours?

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one // cooking family recipes

There are certain things I can remember my mom making for as long as I can remember: a big beef tenderloin on Christmas Eve alongside cheesy potatoes, hot cocoa with marshmallows, and fresh chocolate chip cookies for Santa. Cooking those recipes that have been with our family forever are just one way I make it feel like home, even though my family is spread out.

two // getting a tree

My entire life, my family got a real Christmas tree, and brought it home to decorate it with holiday music playing. Josh and I continue on this tradition, and it's one of my favorite days of the year. (Plus, our apartment smells great!)

three // watching christmas movies

The Christmas season hasn't fully begun until I've watched Love, Actually and Home Alone at least twice. They're just too good!

four // giving back

My mom always went out of her way to make sure there was a charitable part of Christmas in our house, and Josh and I continue that tradition now. We're going to spend part of our break at the SF/Marin Food Bank, and have donated money to a few of our favorite charities. It's such a nice time of year to think about how lucky you are and give back to those less fortunate than you (and, it's even nicer if you continue that mindset into 2018!).

five // making resolutions

I'm a big list-maker, and I love sitting down and thinking about the few things I really want to accomplish next year. More on my specific 2018 resolutions to come later this week.

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Let me know in the comments section!