10 Things to be Happy About | December Edition

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 4, 2015


In November, I created a new monthly edition to the blog titled, “10 Things to be Happy About.” You can read last month’s post here. The purpose is to express gratitude with each month of the year. Each month, I’ll write what I’m looking forward to in relation to that month. For December, I could easily create a list of 20 or more reasons, but I’ll keep it at 10 for the sake of word count.

Christmas Movies:

I have a mental list of the line-up of Christmas movies I will watch beginning December 1st. Some of my favorites are “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Polar Express.” (Secretly, I love them all.)

Holiday Food:

There are some special recipes that only come out during December like my mom’s homemade Christmas potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Almond Pastries, and so much more. I appreciate these foods so much because I can only eat them once a year.

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Does anyone else feel excited counting down the days until Christmas? (No, just me…okay). But really, everything about Christmas puts me in a good mood—I swear I was an elf in a past life. I love the spirit I get around this time of year.

Christmas Music:

I love Christmas music. I’ve been secretly listening to it for about two weeks now (no shame). I essentially play Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat from now until Christmas. But I also love the classic songs and artists as well.

The Reason for the Season:

It’s important to remember the true meaning of the holidays. Although there’s stress from shopping and planning, it’s a magical time of year. Go out and spread love, peace and kindness. Donate to Toys for Tots in your community, or donate time at a soup kitchen.


Cookies are my number one weakness. I love them even more around the holidays because I get to bring out my (non-existent) pastry chef skills and have fun with baking and decorating. It’s the simple pleasures in life that I love about December.

Winter Fun:

I don’t ski or snowboard, but I do plan on ice-skating this winter. My idea of winter fun consists of reading, blogging, baking, etc. But I do plan to bring out my inner child this December. I’ll take my dog to the park when there’s four feet of snow and she’ll romp and play forever.

Making Memories:

Whether they’re funny stories from shopping experiences, or buying the same gift two years in a row (didn’t happen to me). Most of my favorite memories from my childhood and recent years revolve around the holidays.


Examples include: decorating my house with my family the Sunday after Thanksgiving (we go all out), Baking with my mom, waking up at 6 a.m. on Christmas morning to open gifts. They’re the moments I love most about the holidays.


I take Christmas shopping seriously. I try to give personal gifts for my family and friends. I love seeing someone’s face light up when they open your gift. I also try to give back as much as possible with donations while shopping or donating books or toys for a Book/Toy drive, etc.

What are you excited for now that it’s December? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Mikayla

    I love this season! It truly is the season of giving, and I love it! I am so happy that I can play myMichael Buble Christmas music finally! This truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      I love that we are on the same page with how much we love Michael Buble! His voice is incredible and he puts me in the Christmas spirit! Enjoy the holidays, friend and thanks for your comment! 🙂

  • Love this season! I’m excited to decorate my first home for the holidays and begin new traditions! 🙂

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Decorating is one of my favorite aspects of the holidays as well! I love sitting in the living room when the lights are on! Such a calming and relaxing part of the day. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • Yes yes, 100% yes! Thanks for sharing- this is my favorite time of the year!

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Thanks so much for your comment, Kelsie. I’m glad we can both share our love for the holiday season! I’m completely geeking out on prepping for Christmas this year. 🙂

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