Christmas seriously snuck up on me this year. I know, news flash: it comes around at the same time every year, but I still didn’t see it coming. Christmas is only 14 days away (WHAT?) and while I love this time of the year, it’s also always a little stressful what with the things I need/want to get done. I feel like I am way behind on my to-do-list and I have some serious “squeezing stuff in” to do.
★ Finalize my Christmas gift list and finish some of the actual (online) shopping. I am usually more organized and start Christmas shopping well in advance, but this year? Not so much. I have done some brainstorming and I always have a “gift ideas”-list on hand throughout the year, so I hope checking this off my list won’t be too painful. Of course, there are always the people that are generally hard to shop for, and last minute ideas will have to do.
★ Finish the photo book that I am putting together for my family from their visit in the States this summer. I really hope I can finish it in time. This is so much work.
★ Get my holiday cards and gifts sent out. As you know, I always do a Christmas card exchange and that means I send cards to a lot of people. On top of that, I usually try to craft all my cards by hand, which I totally had to forgo this year (for multiple reasons and I apologize for that). I will be happy if I get our cards out the door in time at all.
★ Bake some Christmas cookies. It’s part of the holiday season for me and everyone deserves some damn Christmas cookies.
★ Spend a day in San Francisco when all the holiday decorations are up. I actually have checked this off my list last weekend when I got to spend more time with my friend S. last week.
★ Decorate our tiny tree. I’ve long debated if I am going to get our tree out this year, but because it’s fake and tiny, I don’t see why I would rob myself of the joy of having a tree. I don’t know, it’s just an important part of the holiday season for me. I love seeing all the decorated and lit trees in other people’s windows as well. I am looking forward to it all year. It makes the dark winter month seem so much cozier and brighter.
★ Make some donations for a good cause. I always try to do this every year. It’s a small gesture with a huge impact on the less fortunate.
★ Watch Christmas movies. I love Christmas movies, especially family-centered stories where – after lots of drama – everyone eventually comes together around the dinner table, or romantic Christmas love stories with tear-jerking happy endings. I know it’s a bit cheesy, but honestly, who doesn’t like “Love actually”, “The Holiday”, or “The Family Stone”? Don’t you tell me that you’re immune to the overload of feelings during the holiday season. I don’t believe that. Yesterday, we watched “It’s a wonderful life” – one of my favorites!
★ Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the season! I want for things to slow down (I know this is partly a mindset, so I am working on that!), take a sip of Glühwein (mulled wine), walk around the neighborhood and admire the Christmas lights, and just marvel at the magic of the season!
What’s on your ‘to-do’ (and ‘to-enjoy’!) list the next two weeks?