Gratitude: Some of my most loved, read, watched, and cooked memories from December 2016 | amandabixler.com

GRATITUDE: DECEMBER 2016

Goodness, how is it already January?! How does this happen? But truly, as much as I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, the quiet that the week between Christmas and New Years brings is so calming, so peaceful, so lovely. Having time to pause and reflect on the past year and make plans for the new year is one of my most favorite things – remembering our big move, reflecting on how faithful God has been to us adjusting in Colorado, growing this blog and making amazing blogger friends (shout out to Grady at Grady Bird Blog who writes awesome inspiration, especially for any stepmoms out there) – it’s truly been a year for the record books.

Other than missing a Gratitude post in November, I’ve been doing these monthly posts as way of sharing things I have loved in the previous months – movies and books I recommend, delicious recipes I tried, and other fun memories. (You can also check out August, September, or October’s posts.)

But December, oh what a month! In the midst of Thanksgiving trips, family trips, still adjusting to a new job, wrapping up a quarter of full time grad school work, and trying to intentionally set new Colorado holiday traditions, I didn’t do a great job of tracking everything we did or loved.

But some things I did love:

  • Christmas celebrations including the Denver Pops Orchestra, fancy Mexican food date nights, Church Community Builder‘s Christmas party, and our first Christmas Eve at Mountain Springs Church
  • This post from my friend, Blair at Blair Blogs – what a timely message on the craziness of this holiday season and how to tone it all down
  • Last night we rented and watched Sully – SO good! Perhaps we thought it was even better because my younger brother is a pilot and could verify how real everything panned out. Although, I’m not sure I’ll be up for a plane ride anytime soon, how could you pass on Tom Hanks? What a stud.
  • Speaking of my younger brother, he came and visited us for a couple days! I loved getting to show him around our new town and spend some time just hanging out and relaxing.
  • I made these chocolate chip cookies from The College Prepster and they were amazing and so simple – I love a good recipe that calls for shortening instead of butter because it means you don’t have to sit out the butter hours in advance, perfect for impromptu needs for homemade cookies!The New Year is already off to a great start, especially after being given last week off of work and most responsibilities. Monday began my second to last quarter of graduate school as I have less than six months left!

    // What were some of your most favorite December memories?

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  1. In December, I was thankful for celebrating the birth of Jesus in so many different ways in the tropics. Each celebration was so unique and meaningful. We continued our season tradition of inviting a small group of friends over to enjoy an evening of candlelight, cookies, and the reading of “A Cosmic Christmas” by Max Lucado. We had a one-night get-away in a lovely resort and played lots of games. I tremendously missed family, but was pleased for so many other activities. I’m also so grateful that before the year ended, you gained a new neighbor. That make my heart sing. ~

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