Holiday Happenings

Monday, December 31, 2012

I wanted to do a short post on some of the fun things we did over the holidays, aside from all the dinners and gifts. We were pretty busy this month and I didn't get a chance to share as much as I wanted to. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we were able to include some old traditions and some new experiences as well which was pretty cool.

Each year, we kick off the Christmas season at my old high school with their annual Christmas concert. It's always a lot of fun to go back and see how the music program changes from year to year. They have really grown quite a bit from when I played in the band. They have all kinds of different vocal groups, a guitar ensemble, a string ensemble, and a pretty good jazz group.

Every year, at the end of the concert, they combine all the groups and invite all of the alumni up to sing and play along in the Hallelujah Chorus. It's a very powerful song and they do such a great job with it that I always feel more in the spirit of Christmas walking out of the auditorium.

A few days before Christmas, Mike and I took a trip to the great city of Baltimore with his cousin, Leigh to see the famous Miracle on 34th Street. We had never been to see the lights before and I was so excited that we found some time to go. When we got there, the traffic and parking was a bit insane but we got really lucky and found a close spot that had just opened up. Since the street is residential, open parking is pretty scarce. The nice part though is that since it's in the city, you can park along any of the nearby streets and you're not far from the action. We walked along the streets taking photos and even got to go into some of the houses to see their displays.

Gotta love Natty Boh and the Utz Girl!
Yay for Flamingos and Old Bay! Baltimore classics all over the place!

We went into the one with the famous hub-cap tree and saw the mini art gallery that the owners put together. It was really fascinating. There was even a house that offered hot chocolate and all kinds of cookies and other treats as long as you made a donation to a local charity that they support. We donated a couple bucks and got a few drinks. It was super cold so the hot chocolate was definitely needed!

We had a great time and I hope that we find time to go again next year!

My best friend Katie also had an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this year and I was really excited to go. We always wanted to throw one in college but never did because, well, I was a nerd and mainly spent the few weeks I had in December studying for finals. Gotta love being a Bio major! Anyway, we found some old sweaters - one from my mom and one from Grammy - and headed over the bridge for some holiday fun. It was great and we enjoyed catching up with Katie and her boyfriend Tyler. Maybe next year, when we have a house, we will host one! And here is an awkward self-timer photo we took in front of our tree.

We wanted to get one on Christmas Eve when we were all dressed up for church but we totally forgot. So, we thought our ugly Christmas sweaters were the next best thing! Ha!

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