Post-Christmas Blues

I know I know. Most of you are probably thinking, “Christmas?! We’re weeks past Christmas!” But this girl still misses that Christmas feeling. I’m thankful I married a man that likes to keep our live Christmas tree up usually through the month of a January. So I still have that little Christmas spirit lingering in my home. (And if you’re wondering, yes! I do still plug it in every evening.)

I miss the sparkling decorations and the cheerfulness that so many carry with them through the holiday season. The big build-up as I like to call it. I feel like in some way, with Thanksgiving being so late this year, we were some how cheated out of some of that Christmas cheer. I want to continue to watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music. Does anyone else experience a weird music slump this time of year? After Christmas it’s really hard for me to get into the groove of listening to anything else. I mean, I can’t go from Michael Buble’s “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” to “You Need To Calm Down” on the radio! The only solution I’ve come up with is listening to The Family Stone soundtrack which is just the score. No lyrics, no blatantly obvious Christmas tunes, just a good movie score.

I also really notice how my focus shifts after Christmas. I want to have that focus on Jesus and His story the whole year through. That’s something I want to really work on this year. Staying in constant communion with Him.

I’m really just typing out my thoughts at the moment, and I’m still just kind in that Christmas blues fog. I’ll snap out of it soon, I’m sure, but right now I really just want to get my kindle out and finish that Christmas book I didn’t get finished in time. So maybe thats exactly what I’ll do. 😉

I want to make a point to pop-in on here more than I did this last year. I miss having this creative space. Also, I’ve started the year off with a couple of good books and movies already, would reviews be something you’d be interested in?! As always, I’d love to hear from you, and thanks for sticking around! ♥️

*ASpottedHeart*

A Christmas Playlist 🎄

“Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet…”🎶 One of my favorite lines in a Christmas song. I love Christmas music! I love the old-timey Christmas tunes mixed in with some of the newer versions and songs. I’ve put together some of my favorite renditions of Christmas songs and some of the artist original ones too. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Jingle Bells- Frank Sinatra
  2. Santa Baby-Michael Buble
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- She & Him
  4. Ribbons and Bows-Kacey Musgraves
  5. Very Merry Christmas-Dave Barnes
  6. Please Come Home for Christmas- Leslie Odom Jr.
  7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!-Bing Crosby
  8. White Christmas- Drifters
  9. Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel-Dave Barnes
  10. Baby, It’s Cold Outside-Lee Ann Womack & Harry Connick, Jr.
  11. O Holy Night-Martina McBride
  12. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas-Michael Buble
  13. Silver Bells- She & Him
  14. The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole
  15. Silent Night- Bing Crosby
  16. Winter a Wonderland- Ella Fitzgerald
  17. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing- Sufjan Stevens
  18. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer- Kacey Musgraves
  19. Sleigh Ride-Ella Fitzgerald
  20. Joy to the World- Nat King Cole

If you have Spotify you can go and have a listen!

Hope this Christmas Playlist makes you as happy as it does me!

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Christmas Favorites


It’s Christmas time! I feel like most people probably enjoy Christmas and have their own routines and favorite things they like to do for the Christmas Season. Today I wanted to share a few of mine.

First off let’s talk Christmas movies.


The Christmas Story is probably a staple in everyone’s Christmas movie watching during December. It’s one of my all-time favorites and I’ll watch it as many times as I come across it. Also ever since the Home Alones came out in the early 90’s I’ve looked forward to seeing them again every December. I mean, seriously some of the best Christmas one liners!

“Merry Christmas, you filthy animal.”

“Buzz, your girlfriend…WOOF!”

I just love those movies. I even got the little handheld recorder that Kevin has in Home Alone 2 one Christmas…I loved that thing! As I’ve grown older, The Family Stone has become my Christmas movie, my thing. I watch it while putting up Christmas decorations, I watch it while I wrap presents, and I even listen to the soundtrack while driving sometimes. I just love that movie! It has an all-star cast. I love all the different personalities, while it’s a bit sad, it’s just such a great story! If you’ve never seen it, I hope that sometime this Christmas season you take the chance to watch it.

*Honorable Mention*

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation-I’d actually never really seen this movie until my brother-in-law came into the family. Isn’t that crazy?! It’s hilarious, and it’s one we always try to see at least once.

On to Christmas Music:

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I’m a sucker for that old-time Christmas sound. I’m talking Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Dean Martin, all those Rat-Pack guys. Nothing sounds like Christmas more than those guys. Bing Crosby’s White Christmas is one of my favorites. I can remember my grandma always playing this around Christmas. Now I have it and play it on my record player all month long.

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Speaking of rat-pack type guys, I’m going to go ahead and say if Michael Bublé would’ve been around in those times, he would have been welcomed into the pack with open arms. His Christmas album just makes me purely happy. He’s got such an incredible voice and a fun spin on some Christmas classics without making them too cheesy or just plain ruining the song. You’ll find this whole album on my phone played-out by the time Christmas is over.

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I also want to mention A Very She & Him Christmas. Zooey Deschanel has one of those classic voices that makes for great Christmas music. I slide this red vinyl on my record player in between Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics. 

 Now let’s move on to Christmas Reads:


One of my favorite authors came out with a Christmas book a few years back and it’s one that I’ve enjoyed reading the past few Christmases. You’ll fall in love with the characters and the 50’s styled Christmas decorating! My sister and I reference this book a lot at Christmas time.


Back in the Summer I mentioned in my Summer Reading List how my sister and I had been enjoying Several of Elin Hilderbrand books. This first book of her “Winter Series” as Kizzi and I call it, was what got us hooked on her books. Winter Street is such a great Christmas book, and you’ll absolutely fall in love with the characters as they continue on into Winter Stroll and her newest that Kizzi and I are both reading (and love) Winter Storm. You feel like each character could be in your circle of friends, I love love love these books!

So that’s my Christmas Favorites round-up. I’d absolutely love to hear what your Christmas favorites are! Leave me a comment down below to let me know what you enjoy around the Christmas season! 
For more Christmas posts, you can visit these posts from last year. Enjoy!