Holiday Festivities & Christmas Lights

December 22, 2014

The holidays are in full swing and I have been getting in as much fun and festivities as I possibly can.  Starting last Thursday night, Derek, my mom and I went to one of our local neighborhoods to see their Christmas lights.  Several of the streets do the lights up pretty big, and it’s fun to walk around and share in the holiday cheer.

neighborhood Christmas lights | Delightfully Kristi

Some houses go for a more minimal approach; I loved all the white on this house, especially the “snow!”

neighborhood Christmas lights | Delightfully Kristi

And some houses go ALL OUT like this one with a carousel and a lighted arch!

neighborhood Christmas lights | Delightfully Kristi

This house created the most adorable “Letters to Santa” display complete with a mailbox and a table with papers and pens for kids to write their letters!

neighborhood Christmas lights | Delightfully Kristi

This house creates these adorable cutouts and decks their lawn with kids’ favorite characters every year!

neighborhood Christmas lights | Delightfully Kristi

This house had one of those automated displays that blinked and lit up in time with the Christmas music they were playing!

neighborhood Christmas lights | Delightfully Kristi

And their tree was definitely my favorite – it positively glittered and sparkled in person!

I love strolling or driving through neighborhoods that get into the spirit and deck their houses with tons of lights.  It’s so festive and pretty!

On Friday night, I went over to Derek’s so we could give his parents their Christmas gift early, and then we spent the rest of the night making FIVE huge batches of homemade chex mix – yum!

Christmas Chex Mix in mason jars | Delightfully Kristi

The chex mix came out pretty delicious, and I was able to fill up a bunch of mason jars, wrap them with bows, and  give them to friends and family as gifts.  (Don’t worry, I kept some for myself, too!)

I also took some fun outfit photos on Thursday night while walking through the neighborhood to see the lights.  It was a little difficult at first to get the settings on the camera just right so you could see me and the lights, but Derek figured it out eventually.  Thanks, Derek!  ;)

Christmas lights & a Festive OOTD feat. Handmade Blanket Scarf | Delightfully KristiChristmas lights & a Festive OOTD feat. Handmade Blanket Scarf | Delightfully KristiChristmas lights & a Festive OOTD feat. Handmade Blanket Scarf | Delightfully Kristi

It was pretty chilly out, but luckily I had my handmade blanket scarf to keep me warm!  Although, I was cracking up at all of the “snow” on the ground.  I had to make sure to get a picture to share with all of my friends in the Midwest and Northeast!

The details: plaid blanket scarf (handmade) // burgubdy sweatshirt tunic (H&M) // skinny jeans (Old Navy) // leather booties (Nordstrom Rack)

Christmas lights & a Festive OOTD feat. Handmade Blanket Scarf | Delightfully KristiChristmas lights & a festive OOTD feat. metal accent booties | Delightfully Kristi

Don’t forget that there’s still time to enter my Blanket Scarf Giveaway!  I’m giving away two handmade blanket scarves – one for you and one for a friend.  I’m announcing the winner on Christmas Eve, so be sure to enter soon if you haven’t already!!

Oh, and here’s my mom photo-bombing my picture – this house was playing music as well and she just couldn’t help herself from jumping in!  ;)

Christmas lights & a Festive OOTD photo bomb! | Delightfully Kristi

Tonight I’m heading out to see some more lights on a boat tour in the Huntington Harbor.  It’s a pretty big deal because all of the houses on the water decorate their homes and boats with lights.  It should be lots of fun, but I’m fighting a cold so I’ll be sure to bundle up.

Are there any fun Christmas lights in your area?  Or any other holiday festivities that you look forward to every year??

As always, thanks for reading!  :)

Delightfully Kristi
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  • Beth

    OH MY GOD you do not want to come to the UK at Christmas time if that’s the kind of lights you’re used to!! Wow. People round here cover their houses in tat and it looks awful. I love that big tree, oh the candy canes!

    December 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Oh no way, that sounds fantastic!! I don’t care about cheesy/tacky, I love it all! The more Christmas, the merrier!! ;)

      December 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    Bahhaa, I was about to comment on how luck you are to be able to walk around and enjoy the lights and then I saw the snow! LOVE IT! I wish we would get a little snow here in the Midwest, fingers crossed for a while christmas!

    December 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Hahaha I thought the fake California “snow” was a pretty good touch! ;) That’s the closest we get to snow around here unless we want to drive up to the mountains! But I hope you get your white Christmas!! :)

      December 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm Reply
  • Justine S.

    I loved reading this :) At first I was so confused by the snow hahaha but it really is a nice touch. The letters to Santa is the most adorable thing ever. Yay for a festive blanket scarf and DIY gifts :) Also, your Mom’s photobomb is epic.

    December 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Hahaha I didn’t mean for the “snow” to be confusing, I just thought it was funny! I guess I should leave the jokes to my mom because she’s clearly hilarious! ;)

      December 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • pinsplace

    That first house is my fave, understated is always the way to go!

    December 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Yes the all white was very pretty! :)

      December 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm Reply
  • marcy

    awwww, thanks for sharing this post! Bummed I am just seeing it now but it’s still December right!? I LOVE Christmas myself! I really need your scarf and boots btw, so cute! I hope your Christmas was grand. xoxo

    December 29, 2014 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks so much, Marcy!! It’s definitely still December and most people still have their lights up, too! ;) The scarf I made myself and the boots were a total steal, but I LOVE them! Hope you had a lovely Christmas, too! :)

      December 29, 2014 at 9:25 am Reply
      • marcy

        Awesome! xo

        December 29, 2014 at 9:49 am Reply

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