Number ONE: Going to the Temple! I love the Mesa Arizona Temple lights at Christmas time, The lights and nativity scenes were a great way what I believe in, but they are so beautiful to look at. Another thing I also enjoy about the temple are the performances at 7:00. My stake had the privilege of singing on Christmas night, and on New years I went and watched all of the Mesa Missionaries sing. Missionaries hold a great place in my heart, especially around Christmas time. To know that they are devoting their lives to serving the Lord for two years, and not being able to see their families is such a great sacrifice. It always makes me think of my friends who are out on missions, and it makes me appreciate them even more than I already do!
Number TWO: Christmas Gatherings! Some on my newly made College girl friends and I all had a Christmas dinner and A Secret Santa gift exchange. Secret Santa gifts are always so hard for me to buy, because I literally stress over what I am getting for that certain person. I was shopping for my person and I was with my Best friend Emily, and I literally could not think of anything to get her, And Emily being the great friend she is, helped me pick out the perfect thing! To my surprise my Secret Girl totally liked what I got her and I was so grateful I didn't disappoint her :) So, nonetheless I really enjoy gift exchanges, I think it gives people the opportunity to get to know another person, and truly think about their likes and dislikes.
Number THREE: Christmas Cards! So Emily and I thought it would be fun to send Christmas cards to some of our missionary friends who are out serving. We had so much fun having a random photo-shoot one afternoon after church, and these were some of the things that came from this eventful time.
Number FOUR: Having a Birthday! Even though I have never really enjoyed having a birthday close to the holidays, this one turned out surprisingly well! My friends are so good to me, they rallied the troops and we all went to Red Robin, One of my favorite places! It was nice to see a variety of company, old and new friends, all of whom I love so much. Turning 20 is not something I was necessarily looking forward to but I am willing to make it a great year until the glorious Yahoo of 21 will come next year!