It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Yes, I am aware that it is not yet Thanksgiving. No, that has not stopped me from spending a very hefty chunk of my funemployment getting SUPER excited for Christmas. 

Ladies and gentlemen, Christmas is what we like to call a Very Big Deal here at MinneapoLiz World Headquarters. I adore everything about the season. For me, it always seems like everyone is a little happier, a little quicker to forgive, a little more open to the infinite good things in life. On a more superficial level, of course, it's a season that's all about yummy smells/delicious food and drinks, pretty lights/sparkles/decoration, fancy shop windows, festive parties, and celebration. Let's be real. It gets me through an entire month of Minnesota winters feeling excited about tons of snow…because what's more festive than snow-covered pine trees or twinkle lights on a street shining through snow falling?

This, by the number, is what has been done so far at Holiday Headquarters (aka my one-bedroom apartment) to prep for the season: 

 Vanilla and peppermint with a hint of pine. Sounds weird, but it's my faaaavorite. 

Vanilla and peppermint with a hint of pine. Sounds weird, but it's my faaaavorite. 

--4.5: Number of holiday candles that have been strategically spaced through the place to generate maximized holiday scentedness. (The .5 is finishing up one that was almost gone from Christmaspalooza 2012, of course.)

 Presents in process. 

Presents in process. 

--9: Number of presents wrapped so far with 3 different patterns of red-and-silver wrapping paper and 2 different rolls of metallic tinsel twine (the cuuuutest and most high-maintenance addition to any package I've ever wrapped EVER). 

--5: Bottles of Prosecco (LaMarca, of course) purchased to bring to various holiday parties as a hostess gift.

--18: Hours of Christmas music in my "ho ho ho" Spotify playlist.

 I wasn't kidding…and highly recommend the Pentatonix version. 

I wasn't kidding…and highly recommend the Pentatonix version. 

--11: Different versions of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" in the aforementioned playlist. It's my favorite Christmas carol. No shame here, folks. 

--2: Flavors of Angie's Holidrizzle popcorn we've taste-tested (and OBSESSED over) this season. I highly recommend the peppermint white chocolate. YUM. 

 Oh my god, you guys, James and Ava from the Pottery Barn catalog have the same stockings as we do. This is so embarrassing. 

Oh my god, you guys, James and Ava from the Pottery Barn catalog have the same stockings as we do. This is so embarrassing. 

--1: Number of times I've knocked one of our monogrammed Christmas stockings off their perches on top of our bookshelves. Oh to have an actual fireplace and mantel…maybe next year ;) 

--3: Days spent perfecting the Christmas tree and ornaments. It's a process, you guys. A process

--200+: Pins on my holiday Pinterest board. Ah, Pinspiration. It's cyber-crack, I tell ya. 

--32: Days until the holiday itself. Sooo much more time for FESTIVITIES!!!

 O Christmas tree!!

O Christmas tree!!

Have a holly jolly weekend, loves. I'm off to continue my affair with double-stick tape. That damn tinsel twine...