Here Come The Holidays (+ A Giveaway)

November 1, 2018

A Holiday Ready Velvet Romper I Meghan Donovan of wit & whimsy

With it being November 1st today you know what that means…’Tis the holiday season! If you know me, you know I love the holidays. I get giddy as they roll around every year and I treasure doing my favorite pasttimes in New York and counting down to lots of family time in Colorado.

Here Come The Holidays + gift boxes

Here Come The Holidays

This year I wanted to amp up the holidays on the site a bit so I’ve created a little holiday hub that will be a go-to resource for all holiday content here on wit & whimsy. You can find it on the homepage’s top menu in red font. When you hover over it you’ll see two categories “Get Inspired” and “Get Gifting”.

wit & whimsy Holidays website

Get Inspired will be all my posts related to holiday content (inclusive of gift guides) and Get Gifting is a brand new Holiday Shop broken down by category that’ll have exclusive gift finds you won’t see elsewhere. (I particularly love the Home & Hostess category as it has loads of great decor!) The shop’s categories are just getting started and I’ll be updating them weekly so be sure to keep checking back. I’m so happy to have this key little hub to hopefully make it a seamless reader experience as you look for my recommendations this season.

In addition to the eight gift guides I plan to publish this year (you can expect to see a new one every Wednesday starting next week through the end of the year) and the new Holiday Shop, I’m also pinning gifts and holiday inspiration per usual over on a variety of Pinterest boards. I also have posts planned for what to wear during the holiday season, holiday beauty. And a very special initiative I’m planning for early December that I can’t wait to share with you guys. Merry, merry!!

A little housekeeping note:

Last year I pushed the Weekly Roundups to Saturdays to accommodate the additional content this time of year. But given how much you all have told me you love starting your Fridays with the Weekly Roundup, I’m going to keep them on Fridays this year! That being said, you can now expect to see an occasional weekend post through now and the end of the year. If you don’t want to miss any posts you can sign up to get them in your inbox every time one publishes.

A Giveaway

Also, I’m excited to kick off this holiday season with a giveaway to jumpstart your shopping! I’ll be giving away a $250 American Express gift card to one lucky reader! To enter, follow me on Instagram and comment below what you are most looking forward to this holiday season! (Be sure to include your Instagram handle in your comment as well!) I’ll randomly select a winner next week and notify them by email!

I am so excited for the next two months. And hope you’ll enjoy everything coming to you this year as part of wit & whimsy. And, do you have a special holiday-related content request or question? Drop me a line here.

Thank you for following along and here’s to a 2018 holiday season full of blessings, magic and joy.

[Bekka Palmer Photography]

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  1. Marilyn Reside says:

    I’m looking forward to taking a nice long break from most things. 🙂 @marilynreside

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t wait to decorate the tree! And snow! @steeeelee

  3. Liz says:

    Spending time with my family (and the smell of spices and Christmas trees!) @liztacy

  4. Allison Fullenkamp says:

    Traveling to see my family! @fulley18320

  5. Lauren says:

    I love the holidays so much, starting with Thanksgiving- celebrating what we’re thankful for surrounded by friends and family (and good food); leading into Christmas when the whole city feels so magical. The first snow fall is always the most beautiful! ?? @lechicago

  6. Sarah Lauber says:

    I am looking forward to making gifts for family and friends and sending out cards!

  7. Jill says:

    I can’t wait to decorate the house while listening to Christmas carols 🙂 Thanks for a fun giveaway!! IG handle is @jill.kristin

  8. Megan says:

    holiday movies and christmas cookies! @mgoodnow

  9. Jess Zimlich says:

    I’m looking forward to squeezing my sweet niece!! (….and eating all the delicious food) 🙂 Can’t believe it’s November already!

  10. Kristene says:

    Every year I see The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, and I just bought my tickets for mid December. It’s so beautiful and magical! ? @kristenenieves

  11. Page says:

    It’s my baby’s first Christmas! So I’m looking forward to starting new traditions as a family of 3. @pagebitner

  12. Christine says:

    Hi Meghan! Can you say what brand the boots you are wearing in your first picture are?

  13. Bailey says:

    Looking forward to going home and seeing family! @bailey_nicole91

  14. Hannah says:

    Looking forward to a 2-week long trip to Asia with my family! @hannah_warne

  15. Carolyn says:

    Excited to see your holiday content! And I’m looking forward to spending time with family who live far away 🙂 @caro719

  16. grace says:

    hi meghan! i can’t wait for thanksgiving and time with family.

  17. Christine says:

    Lighting my Nest holiday candle!!! And of course lots of quality family time 🙂 @charhaj

  18. Katie says:

    Hi Meghan, so excited to see your holiday content! I am most looking forward to my trip to London, Oxford, and Paris next month!

  19. Melanie says:

    I’m so excited for our first married Christmas, and actually the first Christmas my husband and I will be able to spend together! He’s a nurse so he normally ends up working, but not this year! And we’re staying in town to have Christmas with my parents, so that will also be fun. Getting our first Christmas tree, doing our family Secret Santa gift exchange (I got my dad, who is super hard to buy for! also now it’s not a secret, LOL), and baking tons of cookies to take to the hospital. Also ready for the cool weather to stay down here in Texas! Can’t wait for all your gifting and outfit ideas! 🙂 @mks43

  20. MarciaMarciaMarcia says:

    I live far away from my (large) family, so the holidays with them mean so much to me. We host Thanksgiving at our house In Austin, and invite all of our friends who aren’t going away for the holidays. It’s the one day of the year where my very introverted self declares the more the merrier! Plus this year one of my sisters and a nephew are coming, making it extra special. And then Christmas is always back in Virginia with my menagerie of parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews. I can’t wait. @marciainger

  21. Kate Scott says:

    I’ll be in NYC for the first time for Thanksgiving this year! Very excited to kickoff the holiday season in one of the most festive places! @katescott10

  22. Jenny Duda says:

    Looking forward to the first holiday season with a little one!


  23. Sirisha says:

    Hallmark Christmas movies!

  24. Caroline says:

    I’m excited to watch Christmas movie!

  25. Traci Gold says:

    Ho, ho, ho here we goooo!!

  26. Libby says:

    I am so excited to follow along with you this season! I too am a holiday lover! I am most looking forward to decorating my apartment Buddy the Elf style, while listening to Christmas music, and eating copious amounts of cookies, and drinking hot cocoa!!


    xoxo Libby

  27. Erica says:

    Really looking forward to some quality family time and binge-watching cheesy Hallmark movies!

  28. yy says:

    I can’t wait to get some time off to reset and focus! @marionhawthorn

  29. Rachel says:

    I love being around the city when it’s noticeably more empty because everyone else is on vacation. So peaceful! @rwlevy

  30. Tera says:

    Looking forward to introducing our newborn baby boy to family and friends @teragal

  31. Lizzy says:

    I’m looking forward to spending time in California with my family, eating swedish meatballs, and letting my DC-based pup run around the beach! @_dizzymslizzy_

  32. Kaitlyn D. says:

    I’m most looking forward to celebrating with my niece and new nephew! Having little kids in the family makes the holidays more fun again 🙂

  33. Conner says:

    Cozy + festive restaurants/bars! @connereadams

  34. Monica says:

    I’m most looking forward to holiday decorations! I love decorating for the holidays and seeing everyone else’s designs/decor. @_monicapearl

  35. Ariel says:

    Snow and skiing (crossing fingers) @philutec

  36. Angela Shellington says:

    I’m most looking forward to spending time with my in-laws. My father in law isn’t doing too well and we hope to spend another Christmas with him. @duchessbetty

  37. Linds says:

    Looking forward to downtime with my friends and fam, and decorating my house!

  38. Emily R says:

    I’m so excited for family time! I moved away this summer and miss them a lot!

  39. Annette says:

    I’m so looking forward to the cooler temps, decorating my home, and cooking/baking to share with friends and family.
    agratefulattitude on IG

  40. Tracy says:

    Visiting the Winter Village at Bryant Park! @travelist_tracysays

  41. Tracie Cooper says:

    I am looking forward to going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party with my family. My instagram is @traciemcooper05

  42. Allison Ingram says:

    Getting our tree, and friends coming to town! @allisonin_sta_gram

  43. Christina says:

    Decorating and wrapping gifts and sending cards and Christmas movies and Christmas carols and get togethers with friends and seeing family and eating special treats…the list goes on!
    PS. Can’t wait for your gift guides 🙂

  44. Jacklyn Klimczak says:

    So excited for some holiday cheer! ??
    I’m most looking forward to spending time with my family this holiday season as I live in Nyc and they are in Chicago. I can’t wait to just see them everyday. And with that spoiling them a little bit with presents. I LOVE Xmas shopping! And my brother and I always go together. 🙂

  45. Morganne says:

    Spending time with my family, and hopefully finally getting my act together to learn how to ski! 🙂


  46. Samantha says:

    Spending the week between Christmas and New Years in Vail with my boyfriend’s family for the first time — and finally getting back to skiing after a 15 year hiatus!


  47. Elyse K says:

    I’m looking forward to having my 11-week old daughter experience her first holiday season! (insta: elysekort)

  48. Ali says:

    Looking forward to spending time with family and friends and decorating!!

  49. Nicole P says:

    I’m most looking forward to decorating for the holidays while drinking hot chocolate and watching way too many Hallmark Christmas movies! @ndp044

  50. ELENI says:

    a nice winter break! e_elenig

  51. Kristin says:

    Aside from the usual holiday festivities, I am most excited spending the time off between Christmas and New Year’s with my husband simply being together. He means the world to me and I could not ask for anything more.

  52. Victoria Otloe says:

    I’m looking forward to time spent with family. I moved out of the state earlier this year and it’s been hard to be away from them! @votloe

  53. Jessie C. says:

    I am most looking forward to get together with my family this holiday season! Holidays mean quality time with family and friends.

  54. ashley e says:

    Most looking forward to being outdoors with friends & then coming inside for hot tea & fireplaces 🙂 @eashleyedmiston

  55. Kelly D says:

    I look forward to relaxing and spending lots of time with my family. @kellywcu

  56. Rosie says:

    I look forward to making holiday treats with the spices and flavors that I use mostly during the holidays, especially cinnamon or peppermint. @ rosie_jacinth

  57. mami2jcn says:

    I follow you on instagram (mami2jcn). I’m most looking forward to how my kids will react to their gifts. I love how excited they get about Christmas.

  58. Deborah G. says:

    I am excited to decorate for the holidays and watch my family open their gifts! I follow you on IG as dbrhgrdnr (@dbrhgrdnr).

  59. Alexandra Patterson says:

    I’m most looking forward to drinking hot chocolate and watching The Holiday with friends! My instagram handle is @alexandra-529

  60. Amanda Whitley says:

    i am looking forward to spending more time with my family.

  61. Mary Cloud says:

    Getting to spend more time with friends and family and eating delicious food

  62. Peggy Damon says:

    I’m looking forward to finally getting able to sit back and enjoy the holidays….kids are older and now I can really enjoy what the season is about, family. Instagram handle @sweetheart4171

  63. Wendi says:

    My Grandfather is 91 I am looking forward to another family Christmas together this year!! WE are so blessed!! my instagram is @wendiw8 I followed

  64. Amanda Lindsay Shearouse says:

    Looking forward to decorating the tree! 🙂
    IG Handle: @blondie9221

  65. Ari says:

    I am excited to spend time with family and friends! The holidays are the best time to see everyone and remind yourself how lucky you are @uncovermore

  66. Hollie Jahnke says:

    I’m most looking forward to seeing my brother. He’ll be visiting from NH. Following you on instagram @holliej222

  67. Raffinee says:

    I’m so excited to see our kids faces throughout the holiday season as they experience all the holiday wonder! They are getting to the age where they get whats going on and it will be fun to see the holidays through their eyes.


  68. Kimmy Ripley says:

    This year I am hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas at my home for the very first time. I am a new food blogger with an intense passion for cooking and baking so this is right up my alley! I am very excited to whip up some memorable and tasty meals this year but I’m not going to lie… I am so nervous! I feel a huge amount of pressure to please my family with these two big meals.
    This gift card would be a blessing to win! I would probably spend it all at Whole Foods stocking up on holiday eats and treats!
    I am following on IG as giveitawhirl.girl
    Thank you for the incredible opportunity to win! We are a one income family and this would help us out tremendously!
    Happy holidays!!!

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