I have the cutest parents ever. Seriously. It is my first Christmas away from home, and I got this adorable advent Christmas package in the mail. Each present has a note on it and a date to open it up until Christmas. They also sent little bags and chocolates to make presents for my friends! As the weather keeps getting hotter and hotter, it progressively feels less and less like Christmas. There are no Christmas lights or decorations, caroling, or Christmas music on the radio. While I am an anti-snow girl, I do have a love for the red cupped creme brulee lattes at Starbucks and Christmas shopping at Barnes & Noble where it's warm inside. Christmas is the only day I allow snow; Every other day it is unacceptable. Somehow though, I do miss the chill in the air, the Christmas light drives and hot cocoa by the fire. But not enough to keep me from enjoying a change in tradition! This year I will be on the beach, sipping an ice cold cider and jumping into the ocean to go snorkeling with the tropical fish. I have an amazing group of friends from all over the world that I can spend the day with on the beach. Then, I will finish at a party at my friend's house where we will cook dinner and have a pool party. But while I'm enjoying basking in the Australian sunshine, this box keeps me remembering my family, friends, and all the things I love about Christmas in snowy Colorado.