Welcome to 25 Days of Christmas Enthusiasm!

I love Christmas. I love Christmas so much that I’m basically bursting with sugar cookie sugarplums and Christmas carols all month long!

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For the last few years I have done an Instagram challenge for 25 days of December with a holiday/Chrsitmas theme because what better way to celebrate the best time of the year!

This year’s challenge begins tomorrow, December 1st. It will continue until the 25th. The objective? To complete as many of the days as you can. And it’s pretty easy considering some days are Choose Your Own. What do you do? Post a photo with that day’s theme and use the hashtag #EnthusiastChristmas. If you use the hashtag I can find your photos!

I’ve been doing this challenge for so long now that I always look forward to it! Here’s some photos from past years:

See, pretty easy! And this year I’m so excited because I’m doing the challenge in Portland this year!

Here are the 25 Days of Christmas Enthusiasm day themes, to be followed:

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I hope you’ll along and keep up with #EnthusiastChristmas, but if you don’t, check out my Instagram @PotatoesHegarty to see what fun I’m up to all December long!


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A Christmas Post

A week off of blogging meant I spent the week with family and friends celebrating the jolliest time of the year and reconnecting with my favourite people.

Christmas is seriously the best time of the year, which is why celebrating it makes me so happy! It’s more than just cranberry treats and opening gifts, it’s joy to all and kindness in our souls. The holiday season means opening your heart to everyone and focusing on what is really important.

Have a holly jolly Hegarty Christmas! 🎄

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Whether you belong to a denomination or not, I hope that the Christmas season fills you with joy and love. Hopefully you baked some cookies, played Christmas music, spent quality time with friends and family, and enjoyed some time off from the grind. We all need that in our lives, even if only for a short while.Read More

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The Enthusiast’s Gift Guide

With only a little over a week until the jolliest day of the year is upon us, it’s time to put away the hot chocolate, lace up our L.L. Bean duck boots, and get shopping. There are too many people on your gift list to put it off any longer. Yes, I am looking at you, procrastinator-student-workaholic relative.

And once you get shopping it is hard to know exactly what to get everyone on the list. People are different and buying gifts for them is more than just raiding the $3 section of Target. That’s why gift guides are a beautiful thing that just about no one takes advantage of. Don’t know what to get your sister? There’s about 40 million gift guides that cater exactly to your sister’s needs.

The Enthusiast’s gift guide is for everyone on your list. Mom, Dad, brother, sister, best friend, significant other, that neighbour who gives you pocket money for cleaning dog poo out of their yard, etc. They are gifts that work for any kind of person and your shopping will now take less than an hour. And you don’t even have to pull on your duck boots.

And you don’t even have to thank me. But if you want, I accept cash and Starbucks cranberry bliss bars.Read More

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5 Perfect Dishes for That Office Christmas Party

There’s nothing more stressful about the holiday season than deciding what to bring to an office Christmas party, or family dinner, or even just something to stick on the table during Christmas dinner. But it doesn’t need to be if you have a repertoire of delicious dishes perfect for the holiday season just sitting in your refrigerator!

I have compiled five of the best dishes to bring to any sort of gathering that embody the Christmas spirit without causing you extra stress or spending hours after work trying to prepare it. These recipes are super yummy and will make you the king/queen of the potluck.

If you’re ready to bring the fun back to holiday cooking, read ahead!Read More

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2015 Christmas Tag

As is the case every year, my Month of Christmas: Christmas Tag is back! This is the third year I’m doing it and I’m really excited because it means that The Enthusiast’s Month of Christmas is finally here!

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#TEmonthofchristmas

Hi guys! Well, Christmas has come and go (cue the tears) and before I let it go until next year I thought I would look back over the last month. Let’s see the pictures from my #TEmonthofchristmas Instagram challenge!

Click on the image to view the caption/see it larger! You can also individually comment on photos!Read More

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Christmas Tag '14

Last year I made my own ‘Christmas Tag‘ and it’s just making it’s comeback as we all get into the holiday spirit. And because sometimes jumping on the band wagon is a good idea (especially since I started this particular tag) I thought it would be a good idea to redo my Christmas tag again, and see if I have anything new. So let’s start!

The Christmas Tag, Part Deux

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?

Just like it has been for the last five or six years, it is still “Love Actually.”

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Yes! Surprisingly this year it has been snow-free (and I love it!) but usually it snows up here in Oregon.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home with the family, where it always should be!Read More

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Boxing Day Wisdom Nuggets

Congratulations to the winners of the Teenage Enthusiasm’s Best Holiday Season Ever Giveaway Alex and Amy!


Happy Boxing Day!

If you are in a country that celebrates Boxing Day, have a good one, and if you aren’t, still have a good one.

I find the day after Christmas to be one of reflection and thought, as we go over what has happened this year, what happened the day before, and how we want to spend the rest of the year.

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!

My Christmas was particularly fantastic this year. I was able to be with my family (which is lovely since I no longer live at home) and goof around in our pajamas until the afternoon. We had delicious food and lots of laughs. We even broke our my grandad’s old book of difficult mind problems. My brain hurt afterwards!

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The Christmas Tag

It’s almost Christmas!

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A Month of Christmas Cheer Instagram Challenge

I am a huge fan of Christmas. There, I’ve said it.

I think Christmas is a great time of the year, and December is all about Christmas and cheer and holidays and just being a kind person. All of these are things that are important to me.

Now, I’ve seen a lot of Instagram challenges over the last few days. If you don’t know what an Instagram challenge is, it’s where for a certain amount of days (usually for a whole month) you follow a list of pictures that you post to Instagram.

So, I’ve combined these two ideas (Christmas and Instagram challenges) and made my own challenge. I know there are already a lot of Christmas Instagram challenges, but as I am a leader and not a follower, I’m making my own.

Below is my Month of Christmas Cheer Instagram Challenge. If you would like to see all my pictures, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@morganmckay). And if you want to do the challenge also, be sure to hashtag your photos #monthofchristmas so that I can see them!

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