I told myself that before the year ended I wanted to go see the tree!
Rockefeller tree in NYC.
There’s just something about the tree that makes me want to smile! I remember going to see it when I was a little girl and being genuinely happy! What better way to start the new year than to feel that genuinely happy about something so simple as a Christmas tree? For a second, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to go see it. I was booked almost every weekend and I only had until today, January 7, 2015 to go see it. So with the help of my best friend we made it happen! This past Sunday, after seeing so many people on social media post pictures with it, I was finally able to go see it for myself and with one of my best friends!
According to my friend she hates NYC tourist attractions (mainly because she lives there.) However, once we got close to the tree, she was the first to start taking pictures! There’s just something about that tree that makes everyone burst into a smile! So here’s a little advise for everyone! Don’t underestimate the simple things or tourist attractions because you never know what you may get out of it! I got a night filled with happiness, laughter and smiles with my best friend….not too bad if you ask me!
There is something about giving back that fills me up with joy especially, during the holidays. Since I was a little girl, I remember I was always giving out candy or making sure I had cards to give out to everyone in class. My poor mother not only had to worry about me but make sure she got gifts for everyone I had on my Christmas list. This year was not an exception! My giving spirit was in full effect! I wanted to make sure that I went above and beyond and gave everyone in my family what they deserved for the love and support I have gotten.
By the end of November, I had a list of everyone I was getting a gift for and what I potentially wanted to get them. I was spending like I had money to spend! And somehow I was still shopping on December 24th. (Ironically, I am not a fan of shopping it stresses me out.) I just really wanted to buy everyone everything! I kept updating my friends on my Christmas shopping and one them said, “even the dog got a gift!” That was her telling me I clearly needed to stop because I had bought enough! If it wasn’t because I only had $9 left on my card I would of continued buying gifts!
Everyone was so happy and pleased! I was filled with bliss! My family kept saying my gifts were creative and thoughtful. My mom even cried when she opened the photo-book I got her of my college graduation. I was more than satisfied when I saw the happiness and joy that filled everyone’s eyes as they opened my gifts. I couldn’t have been more grateful to be surrounded by family. I’m truly blessed.
Christmas isn’t about us but about those we care for. It’s about being surrounded by happiness, joy and most importantly love. Christmas is about giving back; about making sure that those missing their loved ones or lacking happiness and joy are finding comfort through you on such a beautiful holiday. Lets not forget that!
It would be easy to let disappointment and failure overcome you… to let them discourage you from whatever goals you may have set for yourself. Ironically, the hardest part would be to pick yourself up and find it within yourself to keep going and strive for greatness. I find it extremely difficult to stay positive when something negative happens. I have always been a bit of a pessimist and have always blamed myself for my failures and disappointments. However, I have reached a point where I am ready to say “no more.” No more blaming myself, no more long periods of time asking “what did I do wrong,” and no more focusing on all the negatives; never seeing the positives. Yes, it absolutely sucks to get hurt by life’s unpleasant surprises but instead of using those negatives as weights to keep you down, pick up those weights and strengthen yourself; use them to continue to build yourself up and mold your life into what you have always envisioned it to be.
This holiday season I have to say I am extremely blessed. I have my family with me, a roof over my head, I am employed, there is a beautiful tree in my living room and I have the means to be able to repay my family for all their love and support this year. Life is a gift, precious and not guaranteed and during such a beautiful holiday season like Christmas, I want nothing but positivity in my life, regardless of the negatives I might face. It won’t be easy but the key is to remember everything you have to be grateful for and everything you have yet to accomplish. I have so many goals and dreams and cannot let anything get in my way! So join me this holiday season in saying NO MORE! Is time to push forward and enjoy what life has to offer.
This past Saturday I went to Liège, Belgium with my host family. We went to go enjoy the Christmas Market. This was my first time going to a Christmas Market and it was the cutest thing! I had such a great time.
One of the many stands
The market was filled with different stands that had all sorts of things. You could explore stands for hours. I even ended up buying a souvenir to take back home. The sweetest thing was when my host sister ended up getting me and my roommate a gift!! She’s so cute!
While there me and my roommate went sledding with our host sister. I was a tad scared… I’m not going to lie. I’ve never done something like it before. We had a small plastic shovel that we had to sit on and then slide down this small ramp. The first time going down I grabbed my roommate’s hand without meaning too. Then the second time I kept stopping myself mid-way through the sliding process that I ended up losing my shovel x_x I laughed so hard when I got to the bottom.
We also went ice skating. That made it my second time on the ice. I’m actually pretty good at it! It’s probably because I know how to rollerblade. That was horrible ice to skate on though! It was pretty dangerous because it was easy to fall. There were so many kids and a lot of teens were careless while skating trying to do all these fancy tricks .__. It really annoyed me! I met the cutest little girl and we skated together. She kept wanting me to hold her hand it was too adorable to handle!! ^_^ She had beautiful curly hair! She reminded me of myself at her age!
Tartiflette in the making
While there I learned that waffles come from Liège and all this time I thought they came from Brussels. I also tried Tartiflette! It’s absolutely delicious! It’s a mix of potatoes, cheese, onions, and wine! I will definitely try to make it back in the states!
It was a long but great day! So happy I got to visit the Christmas Market!
Le Père Fouettard
Interesting Fact:Earlier in the day we bumped into St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was accompanied by this really creepy guy! I was so disturbed because this guy painted himself dark and he had the creepiest facial expression! After some research I figured out that in some French regions St. Nicholas is accompanied by a guy called Père Fouettard who gives coal or spanks to the naughty kids. If you were to tell me a guy like that was going to give me coal or spank me for being naughty I would definitely try my hardest to be on that nice list!!!! Poor kids!