November 29, 2014

Mapping My Month: December 2014


Yes, I am one of those overly enthusiastic Christmas nutters.  I've been listening to Christmas music on the sly since early November, and I bought the first gift way back in July.  I'd planned to be completely done with my shopping by this time so I could just kick back and enjoy the season, but I'll be out there braving the crowds with everyone else.  'Tis the season!

Because of holiday festivities, November's and now December's travels were and will be confined to local destinations.  Although, in spite of a little snow, we did travel to Pennsylvania for a white Thanksgiving with my dad's side of the family.  It's the first time my immediate family has all been under one roof since my brother's wedding in June!

November RecapBerlin Wall at the University of Virginia, walking down "memory lane" at Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, touring the grounds of Virginia Tech while visiting my sister, experiencing the new tasting room at Midnight Brewery, trying the new BJ's Brewpub in the west end of Richmond, talking for 12 hours non-stop with a friend recently returned from Southeast Asia, driving through the snow-covered battlefield of Gettysburg, and traveling to Amish-country in eastern Pennsylvania.

I'm sure December's weekends will fill up with holiday parties, family gatherings, and Christmas shopping.  Realistically, we won't be doing any traveling this month (although I'd dearly love to sneak up to D.C. to see the Magna Carta while it's on display!).  Maybe we'll be able to do something special for New Year's Eve.  But you know what?  I'm okay with not going anywhere.  Not just because I feel like being close to home and family for the holidays, but also because (drum-roll please)...

We bought plane tickets to Europe!!!

That's right!  We'll be making our way back across the Atlantic in the spring for 17 days of traveling, exploring, visiting family, and making new memories with some dear friends.  It goes without saying that the last leg of our trip will be spent in Germany, but the first six days will be spent in a country we've not yet visited.  Stay tuned for a promo giveaway in a few weeks when we announce our travel destinations and plans!

Where did you go in November?  Got any plans for December yet?


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  1. Beautiful pictures! I will be in hot Argentina, so no Christmas feelings for me at all :/

  2. You are coming to Europe and I am leaving. We leave in a few days to go back to Australia to visit family. Have a wonderful time, and MERRY CHRISTMAS

  3. No December plans here. We were gone so much in November I'm ready to just sit tight for a bit. Mostly because I know once the New Year hits we will start traveling again taking advantage of our weekends.

  4. I'm a Christmas nutter as well, so I get what you mean. We're not planning any trips for December, but not everything in life is planned ;)
    Can't wait for your big European announcement!

  5. Nothing planned for December but watching the websites for the best time to buy my tickets to Europe too.

  6. Europe again!! Yay I'm so happy for you! I love it when I have ticket confirmations just waiting for me in my inbox :) Did you get any good airline deals this weekend? There were a few that I really wanted to jump on but couldn't justify it quite yet. My travel plans are pretty tame for the foreseeable future. Just trying to keep my head down and not spend money until I'm ready to move to the States next year. Maybe next Christmas my husband and I will splurge on tickets to Europe - that would be divine!

  7. I'm having a close-to-home December too - without even the promise of a trip to Europe coming up! But after driving up and down the east coast several times this fall, I'm okay with resting for a while.

  8. So exciting!! Yay for a trip to Europe! I can't wait to hear more about your itinerary! :)

  9. Oooo that's so exciting! Can't wait to hear where you're off to next year!!

    Hsiao-Ting (

  10. Hurray for visiting new destinations! Can't wait to hear more about it. I'm a secret Christmas music listener too. I LOVE the holiday season.


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