Favorite Thing Thursday: Holiday Rituals & Giving Thanks

The holidays are officially here, and there are a few traditions I always have to implement right around this time.

In no particular order, here are my favorite holiday rituals:
  • Watching The Holiday, Love Actually and most importantly, A Christmas Story. I love all three movies immensely. The Holiday surprised me with how damn good it was. Love Actually has become a modern holiday staple. A Christmas Story is hands down the BEST Christmas movie EVER. No, there are no debates over this subject. This is my blog and what I say here goes. ha.

  • The purchase and fast consumption of Peppermint Mocha Creamer. OH YEAH BABY.

  • December Nights in San Diego. It is an annual festival of food, dancing, twinkling lights and free admission to museums in SD's historic Balboa Park. I adore it. And guess what? There is a little multicultural food area where Turkey is represented. What, What?! Chicken D├Âner Kabab here I come!!

A pic of me on the bridge heading to December Nights last year. I love the energy of the whole festival :)
  • Painting my nails some kind of Santa, holly-berry red.

  • SWEATER AND SCARF SEASON! And can I say, I love seeing men in sweaters! Adorable.

  • Hot Chocolate by a fireplace. Yeah, OK. San Diego doesn't get as cold as, let's say, D.C., but we still like to pretend it's winter here!!

  • A few listens to "All I Want For Christmas is You," (Mariah Carey version), "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays," (YES, by *NSYNC--still a fan) and "Oh Holy Night," (any good version) because it's my favorite Christmas song.

Well, anyway...I realize that today is Thanksgiving, so can I just say that I'm thankful for you? Because I am. Thank you readers, comrades and friends, for being a virtual ear...listening to my irrational worries and ramblings right here on this blog. Thanks for your support, thanks for your friendship, thanks for your community.

I heart you.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Love Actually is one of my favorite movies of all time!! Love it! And it's 7 degrees here today!!!!!!! It's not right! Have a super Thanksgiving!!!

  2. Oh Holy Night is such the perfect Christmas song. Mmm...I love it!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Ashley!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Ashley! The thankfulness goes both ways. I enjoy reading your blog (what a stalker I am!) and having a "virtual friend" out there to relate to & care about! :-)


  4. I pretty much agree with EVERYthing on your list (obvs *nsync is a given). I haven't seen the Holiday. I'll have to check it out. Annnnd December Nights sounds magical. Have a blast!!
    Hope you're in a blissed out turkey coma!!
    Happy thanksgiving.


  5. I'm so jealous of that cool lookin festival!!! I hope your day was amazing :) :) (I made my very first tgiving dinner for mark and i!)

  6. Love Actually is one of my favourite movies ever! I also watch the Polar Express every Christmas, too. And sometimes Scrooged :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  7. YES! to hot chocolate in any form and anywhere, and yes too to Oh Holy Night, the best Christmas song of all time. My atheist mother likes to sing it at the top of her voice and conclude with "this song makes me want to become a nun!"

  8. Peppermint Mocha creamer and the *NSYNC Christmas album. Hell. Yeah. Also, I suspect a few songs from the recently released Glee Christmas album will become favorites of mine... like Kurt and Blaine singing "Baby, It's Cold Outside," for example. :D

  9. "Only I didn't say 'Fudge.' I said *the* word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the F dash dash dash word!"

    LOVE that movie, although best Christmas movie ever, for me, is a three way tie between A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation and Elf.

    I had never really thought of Love Actually as being a Christmas movie, but a very enjoyable one nonetheless. But really, put Alan Rickman in anything and I'll enjoy it.

    Hope you had a great holiday!

  10. This really solved my problem, thank you!.