THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

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It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who’s gathered around it.

HELLO WELCOME TO MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR

I'm so excited for the holidays this year! Having Londynn has just made life even better! She has truly been the gift that keeps on giving! This year we can't wait to start our own little family traditions that we believe will last a life time! 

Let's talk about all the fun stuff... You know what I mean the treats, movies, and traditions that make this time of year "The most wonderful time of year!"

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KEEP READING to find out all my favorites that may just be your favorites as well...

FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIES

  • THE GRINCH 
  • A CHRISTMAS STORY
  • ELF
  • HOME ALONE
  • IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
  • NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • THE POLAR EXPRESS
  • THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
  • JINGLE ALL THE WAY
  • CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS 
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS 
  • RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER 
  • THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • THE SANTA CLAUSE 

BEST HOLIDAY BAKING RECIPES

  • OLD FASHION SUGAR COOKIES
  • GINGERBREAD HOUSE
  • CHOCOLATE FUDGE 
  • APPLE CRUMBLE 
  • JELLY GLAZED DOUGHNUT COOKIES
  • CINNAMON CHOCOLATE FUDGE
  • FABULOUS RED VELVET CAKE
  • EGGNOG-PANETTONE BREAD PUDDING
  • FLEUR DE SEL CARAMELS 
  • CREME BRULEE
  • GINGERBREAD COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING 
  • CLASSIC APPLE TART
  • PEANUT BRITTLE

Okay okay I could keep going yet instead I've added that HOLIDAY BUTTON  below to not only see more yummy treats but so you can PIN IT and bake it! ENJOY!

FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVENTS YOU CAN'T MISS DURING THE HOLIDAYS 

 SALT LAKE CITY, UT  

  • SOUNDS OF HOLIDAYS
  • THE NUTCRACKER
  • BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (GRAND AMERICA HOTEL)
  • OUTDOOR ICE SKATING (THE GALLIVAN CENTER IS THE BEST)
  • ZOOLIGHTS
  • BAH HUMBUG (HALE CENTER THEATER'S)
  • THE LIGHTS OF TEMPLE SQUARE 
  • SNOWBOARDING/SKIING 
  • FESTIVAL OF TREES 
  • CANDLE LIGHT CHRISTMAS (HOSTED BY THIS IS THE PLACE HERITAGE PARK)
  • PICTURES WITH SANTA (CITY CREEK IS THE BEST)

FAVORITE FAMILY TRADITIONS 

  • HOLIDAY PAJAMAS ( MINE ARE OF COURSE FROM VICTORIA SECRET! I ALWAYS GET THOSE FREE SLIPPERS! LONDYNN'S ARE FROM CARTERS! THEY HAVE THE CUTEST BOY PAJAMAS AS WELL AS GIRL PAJAMAS! MY HUSBAND GETS HIS FROM H&M! THE DOG TJ'S!)
  • TEMPLE LIGHTS
  • SLEDDING
  • WATCHING THE CHRISTMAS STORY ON CHRISTMAS EVE
  • WHITE ELEPHANT 
  • BAKING COOKIES FOR SANTA 
  • TRACKING SANTA ON THE COMPUTER
  • BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING! (FOR YOU MAMA'S CARTERS IS HAVING A BLACK FRIDAY SALE YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS.) 

FAVORITE TOP 10 HOLIDAY SONGS

These are not the traditional holiday songs you are used to! These are the newer ones I've found and loved yet we all know nothing will beat the traditional Christmas music.

  1. TAYLOR SWIFT (LAST CHRISTMAS)
  2. MARIAH CAREY (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)
  3. SAM SMITH (HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS)
  4. MICHAEL BUBLE (JINGLE BELLS)
  5. SAM TSUI (KEEP YOU WARM)
  6. PENTATONIX (HALLELUJAH)
  7. MICHAEL BUBLE (HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS)
  8. SHANE HARPER (O HOLY NIGHT)
  9. DARIUS RUCKER (YOU'RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH)
  10. RASCAL FLATTS (WHITE CHRISTMAS)
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I WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU GUYS

IF YOU'D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE LEAVE YOUR ANSWER(S) BELOW

  • WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY DECORATION?  ANSWER: Scented Pine Cones.
  • WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY DISH? ANSWER: I I absolutely love funeral potatoes. 
  • WHO DO YOU MISS DURING THE HOLIDAY'S? ANSWER: I miss everyone that is dancing in Heaven yet I know the reunion will be absolutely divine.
  • HOW DO YOU HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE AROUND THE HOLIDAY'S? ANSWER: Well this year I've started making and selling bows for charity so my hopes are to help people less fortunate than I by creating these special bows to make a difference! If you haven't yet go follow our bow page @londynnsbowtiqueco! Also something I've done a few times is shop with a cop! I've really enjoyed this! If you haven't heard of Shop with a Cop it's honestly life changing! Volunteers gather to have an early morning breakfast with children from the community followed by meet and greet with Santa and SHOPPING!  Why is it called Shop with a Cop? It is officers in our local communities who volunteer their time to spend the morning with these children.  The children receive their own police escort to a local participating store and anxiously await the arrival of Santa in a helicopter! 
  • WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TO REMEMBER ABOUT THE HOLIDAY'S? ANSWER: I want them to remember it's not what's under the tree that matters, it's who's gathered around it! Family will always be our greatest gift in life so cherish it.
  • WHAT PART OF THE HOLIDAY'S DO YOU DREAD? SPILL IT! ANSWER: I feel like most of the people in my life deserve more than I'll ever be able to give. 
  • HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN THE HOLIDAY'S ARE DONE? ANSWER: Sad because then it's just cold and I feel like there's nothing for awhile! 
  • FAVORITE/FUNNIEST/SADDEST/HAPPIEST/MOST EMBARRASSING STORY ON THE HOLIDAY'S? ANSWER: My husbands family does white elephant gifts...so so fun! We ended up doing those flavored Jelly beans that have good and awful tasting jelly beans all mixed together! At the end of the game we realized that no one ever got our jelly beans! We then looked over at Mark, who is also one of our families special blessings, he had got our gift! Mark was in the process of devouring 200 plus, awful flavored jelly beans.  The look on his face was one of pure disgust yet priceless! I provided a picture below so you can see the list of unique, disgusting flavors! We truly love Uncle Mark! He has made the holidays just that more enjoyable!  
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NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! LET'S HEAR SOME OF YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

TRULY YOURS,

THE CLARK'S

XOXO

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