Recap Of Christmas Weekend

Andddddd we’re back to regularly scheduled programming :/

Who else is bummed that Christmas is officially over?! Because I know I definitely am 😦 . But, at the same time, I’m actually really happy because I had a REALLY great and memorable weekend (unexpectedly at that).

I ALWAYS look forward to Christmas-time, as I’ve mentioned several times before in other posts, but I also don’t ever expect much just because it’s always relatively quiet in my house, and we (my immediate family) always end up staying home and just being with each other.

THIS YEAR, however, was completely different (in a great way). I say that because this year we got to spend it with extended family, something that we haven’t done for one reason or another in YEARS.

Now don’t get me wrong, just spending it with my immediate family for the past few years was always nice too and comfortable, but it really is always a great time when we get together with our extended family too.

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Family Time!

So, this year we were able to spend Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day with my mom’s side of the family. Christmas Eve we hosted at our house, which was Christmas Pajama themed, and Christmas Day we spent at my Godfather and aunt’s house, which was Christmas Slipper themed.

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Both were ridiculously fun, filled with Christmas music, laughter, gift giving, games, karaoke and an overwhelming amount of food and desserts (not complaining about that though lol).

When we (the cousins) were all younger, it would be like our little Christmas tradition to always get together and spend Christmas at SOMEONE’S house from the family. So the fact that for a while there it had stopped was kind of sad, but I’m SO glad we finally got to pick up on it because it was definitely a blast.

*Also, if you read my ‘The Christmas Tag’ post from Blogmas day 1 (which I’ll leave linkedΒ hereΒ if you want to check it out), you would’ve seen that my top “Christmas wish” was to be able to have this happen, so the fact that it actually DID was really awesome for me.*

Overall, it was a really great weekend, and although it wasn’t my ENTIRE family there with us (from both sides), and some important people were missing, it was still fun and extremely memorable.

Plus, I got a ton of great stuff this Christmas, which was another surprising thing because I really don’t ever tend to tell people things I want for Christmas and/or give them a wishlist anymore. But, let’s get into a few of the things I got….

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Presents!!

Firstly, I just want to start off by saying that I’m not usually the type to show off every single thing I get for my birthday, Christmas, etc., I just find it kind of weird and also tend to feel bad.

Sure, I’m grateful for everything I get, and I’ll show one or 2 things that I really love, but overall I just end up feeling bad about it because I never want to make it seem like I’m throwing things in peoples faces. What if they can’t afford things like that? Or what if they don’t usually get things for these occasions at all? Just a few of the things that go through my mind for things like this…

However, I’ve come to realize that doing what I’m doing now (blogging) and how into it I’ve gotten, it’s kind of a necessity to do that. Not necessarily show off the things I have, wear, etc., but to the same extent, that’s kind of exactly what it is, which is why more and more recently I’ve been sharing things like that with you guys.

So that’s what I’m going to be doing right now, sharing with you guys a few of the great gifts I received from my loved ones this year πŸ™‚

  1. The first few things I want to mention are actually stuff that Diego got for me. We’re actually really weird when it comes to gift giving, because we get so excited about doing it and what we got the other person that we end up talking about it ALL the time (without actually saying what it is), and have the anticipation kill the other person lol. This year he got me this GORGEOUS Coach bag (which he knew I needed because although I almost never switch out my bag(s) once I get used to them, it was LONG overdue for a new one) and 2 masks from the brand GlamGlow because he knows I LOVE face masks. ❀
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Gifts from Diego ❀

2. These aren’t all of them, but they are a few of the gifts that I received from my parents. I’ve never heard of the brand that blue bag is from, but it’s called Karl Lagerfeld Paris and I think it’s SO cute. Tiny, but definitely fashionable and can hold quite a few of my little things that I typically tend to carry in my purses. Then you have these UGG rain/snow boots which are great too because I’ve been DYING for a pair of boots like this for the longest, and what better then a simple black pair? Then you have this Miss Dior perfume that I’ve been wanting because it smells SO pretty AND……it’s Demi’s favorite perfume ….are you surprised? You shouldn’t be….And finally, you have this cute little Christmas story book. If you guys haven’t realized by now, I’m a bigass kid, ESPECIALLY when it comes to cute little things like this, I mean c’mon….LOOK AT IT!!!!! 😭😍 Plus, I cannot WAIT until I have kids one day to read these to them, and even pass them along to them…ugh it’s going to be the best!! (Again, just a few of the things they got me, not all).

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(Some) Gifts from my parents ❀

3. This is a gift I actually got from a good friend of mine and Diego’s named Geno. How freakin’ dope are these?! I’ve come to REALLY love this brand and it’s style. So far, I have a t-shirt from them (courtesy of Diego), another pair of sneakers although they’re off-white (also courtesy of Diego), and now these!! Can’t wait to take some cool pictures with these on and show them to you guys! πŸ˜€

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Gift from my friend Geno πŸ˜€

4. And finally……the gifts I received from my brother and his fiance!! You guys, I was so damn excited when I saw this….lol. For those of you that don’t know, I’m a HUGE Potterhead, so this was ridiculously exciting for me!! It’s actually pretty funny, because about a month ago, I had told Chris (my brother), that if no one got me a wand for Christmas…everyone hated me, and he/they actually remembered and did it!! πŸ˜‚. Plus, the books are always great to read (especially now with the illustrations to back them up), and I love penguins AND fuzzy socks, so it was a general win/win for me. Thanks guys!! ❀

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Gifts from my brother and his fiancée ❀

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I hope that you guys not only enjoyed this post, but also had an AMAZING Christmas with your family, friends and/or general loved ones, and that you got everything you wanted.

Please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❀

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My Favorite Christmas Shows!

For my Blogmas day 7 post, I wanted to share with you guys some of my absolute FAVORITE holiday shows/specials. Most of these, or actually, ALL of these, are pretty old and stuff that’s been around since I was a kid and even way before that.

But, they are without a doubt, absolute classics, that are a MUST to see at some point or another throughout the holiday season (along with all of the Christmas movies I’ve mentioned in one of my previous posts haha).

So without further adieu, let’s get into a few of my favorites….

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  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas

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100% my favorite thing to watch during the holidays. If you know me, you know that I love Charlie Brown, and I watch all of the specials that come on TV for it on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. (as well as have them on DVD!). These will forever be classics to me, and I can’t wait to one day introduce my own kid(s) to them.

2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Another classic. I mean, c’mon, who hasn’t ever heard of or even loved poor little Rudolph?! The ugly-duckling of the group who ends up not only being the hero, but one of the most loved Christmas characters of all time?! They actually have several different versions/shows/segments of Rudolph, all of which I love to watch and are great, so if you haven’t checked them out before, definitely be sure to do that!

3. Frosty The Snowman

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I’m just going to stop saying these are all classics individually, because at this point, we know that they’re ALL classics. But at the same time, what else can I say about them?! They ARE all classics in their own individual ways. I mean….Frosty?! Just writing this, I have the song running through my mind unintentionally, it’s just the kind of impression it leaves on you.

4. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

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Okay, IF I had to order these at all, I would say that this is definitely my second favorite out of all of them. The music, the scenes, popper?! Popper is the freakin’ man for being able to save Santa from jail (this is why I love penguins btw). I like how they show HOW Santa came about (although obviously I know that’s not the actual way, but regardless!!), it’s cute and entertaining for myself and kids.

5. The Year Without A Santa Claus

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This was a great Christmas special, but also kind of sad for children thinking back on it now. I mean, Santa gets so sick that he can’t deliver presents to kids around the world, so no one has Christmas?! That’s terrible!! But at the same time, I suppose it’s realistic to some degree? Nonetheless, that’s not what this post is about. This is a really cute Christmas special to show kids that yes, you may have your differences every now and than, or might just not like certain people, but when need be, you pull everything together for a common goal, interest, etc. in order for a positive outcome.

6. Miser Brothers Christmas

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How could you NOT love these guys?! Personally (which is actually super ironic because I’m ALWAYS cold and hate it), I’m more for team Snow miser, because growing up, that was the only real part of the song that I knew πŸ˜‚ and it just kinda stuck. This is actually Diego’s favorite Christmas special, which is great because we get to be big ass kids together! 😭❀️.

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If you guys haven’t checked these out before, I 100% recommend that you do ASAP.

Let me know in the comments or through social media if any of these are any of your guys’ favorite old-school holiday shows/specials. I’d LOVE to hear from you guys about it πŸ™‚ Also let me know if I happened to have missed any (because I’m SURE I did lol).

5 days left until Christmas!!

I’ll be spending the next few days off from work probably binge watching ALL of these, since I really haven’t gotten the chance to throughout this month. But, I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please follow, like , share and comment and I’ll see you guys on Sunday for my Blogmas day 8!!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❀

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My Christmas Playlist

For my Blogmas day 6 post, I wanted to share with you guys my go-to Christmas playlist; what I use specifically, my favorite songs, etc.

*Which, BTW, we’re down to the final 7 days before Christmas, 1 week!!…how freakin’ crazy is that?! It’s going so fast!! 😩*

Personally, if there’s anything that REALLY gets me into the Christmas spirit aside from the obvious decorations, holiday cheer, etc., it’s the music. I could be having the crappiest day, and as soon as I turn on my Christmas music station/app, I INSTANTLY feel at least 85% better.

And of course in the day and age that we live in, there are god knows how many streaming services to be able to get ANY sort of music (i.e., Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc.), but the one in particular that I use for it is the iHeartRadio app.

I suppose it’s nothing “out of the ordinary” or insanely different compared to any of the other mentioned streaming services, but I’ve just always gravitated towards this one.

I have this one station specifically for Christmas music called ‘iHeart Christmas Music’ IN the app, which has ALL of my absolute favorites. Some oldies, some newer songs, but nonetheless they’re all great. And if you’re from New York and have listened to the 106.7 Lite FM station, you know that during the holidays, up until midnight on Christmas day, they constantly play Christmas music.

I remember every single year when I was a kid, my parents would always have this station playing during the holidays for my brother and I to listen, so that’s what the iHeart radio station reminds me of and I think is the reason that I love it so much. It’s also great because it’s unlimited Christmas music ALL the time, all year around, with no commercials at all whatsoever either. If you haven’t seen or checked it out before, I DEFINITELY recommend that you do ASAP.

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But anyway, let’s get into the actual music/songs part of this post…

I’m pretty much just going to be mentioning my absolute favorites (which is like ALL of them lololol), but I also don’t have a specific number of them I’m trying to mention or stop at, so we’ll see how this goes πŸ˜‚.

So let’s get started (in no particular order)!! πŸ˜„

  1. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by: Nat “King” Cole (which is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Christmas song, EVER btw).
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You by: Mariah Carey
  3. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year by: Andy Williams
  4. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by: Brenda Lee
  5. A Holly Jolly Christmas by: Burl Ives
  6. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by: Gene Autry
  7. Last Christmas by: Wham!
  8. Feliz Navidad by: Jose Feliciano
  9. Blue Christmas by: Elvis Presley
  10. Wonderful Christmastime by: Paul McCartney
  11. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  12. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by: Bing Crosby
  13. Santa Tell Me by: Ariana Grande
  14. Do They Know Its Christmas? by: Band-Aid
  15. Happy Holiday/Holiday Season by: Andy Williams
  16. Linus & Lucy by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  17. Mistletoe by: Justin Bieber
  18. Where Are You Christmas? by: Faith Hill
  19. O Come All Ye Faithful by: Nat “King” Cole
  20. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town by: Jackson 5
  21. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by: ‘N Sync
  22. Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town by: Bruce Springsteen
  23. The Christmas Shoes by: NewSong
  24. Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas by: Justin Bieber
  25. Fa La La by: Justin Bieber
  26. This Christmas by: Donny Hathaway (although I really like the Chris Brown version as well)
  27. Silver Bells by: Andy Williams
  28. Silent Night by: Frank Sinatra
  29. Please Come Home For Christmas by: Eagles
  30. Grown-Up Christmas List by: Amy Grant
  31. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by: Dean Martin
  32. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch by: Thurl Ravenscroft
  33. Greatest Time Of Year by: Aly & Aj
  34. We Three Kings by: Aly & Aj
  35. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by: Aly & Aj
  36. O Tannenbaum by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  37. O Holy Night by: Mariah Carey
  38. Sleigh Ride by: The Ronettes
  39. Carol of the Bells Siberian ChristmasΒ by: Trans D Slayer
  40. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by: Brett Eldredge (feat. Meghan Trainor)
  41. Santa BabyΒ by: Kylie Minogue
  42. Jingle Bell Rock by: Bobby Helms (I literally can NEVER listen to this without ever thinking about the Mean Girls scene btw 😭 anyone else?!)
  43. Christmas Time is Here by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  44. Merry Christmas Darling by: Carpenters
  45. Little Saint Nick by: The Beach Boys
  46. Hallelujah by: Pentatonix (love Demi’s version too obvi!!)
  47. Do You hear What I Hear? by: Carrie Underwood
  48. What Christmas Means To Me by: Stevie Wonder
  49. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by: Mariah Carey
  50. I’ll be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) by: Frank Sinatra

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I’m SURE that once I post this and re-read it, I’m going to end up remembering more that I love, but these are the top 50 that I could think of just off the top of my head. BUUUUUT, I hope you guys enjoyed this post!!

I wanted to mention, btw, being that we’re quickly approaching Christmas, I figure for the next 2 weeks that I try to post as much as I can in a week in order to just really be able to finish December off strong (with Blogmas). So, I hope you guys enjoy the last couple of posts I have lined up for you!

Thank you so much for reading, please follow, like, share and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Thursday for my Blogmas day 7 post!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❀

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