Just wow. Can you believe we’re 4 weeks away from yet another new year? I don’t know where the time went. I feel like it was just February a few weeks ago, but * poof* and the whole year flew by.
On Sunday, we got out our Christmas decorations, put up the tree (with lights, no ornaments yet!) and set up the advent wreath. I love this time of year and J and I have vowed that because last year’s holiday season and Christmas was so shitty, because we were both sick, we would make up for it this year.
We started December with our first Christmas movie, Love Actually. This is one of my favorites and I won’t promise that we won’t watch it another, oh, 2-5x times before the month is over.
Things I am looking forward to this month:
★ Mailing some holiday cards. Sending out cards might be my most favorite thing about the holidays. There is nothing better than getting a real letter in the mail.
★ Sending out some gifts. I always think that I’d like to celebrate Christmas without the gift-giving, but then again, I really like to buy small gifts for people for the holidays. It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive, just a small little gesture of appreciation.
★ Baking some Christmas cookies. It’s part of the holiday season for me and everyone deserves some damn Christmas cookies if you ask me. One of these days, I am going to buy a “
meat cookie dough grinder” and make authentic German Spritz cookies.
★ Donate for a good cause. I always try to do this every year and I do have money set aside in my budget for this. It’s a small gesture with a huge impact on the less fortunate.
★ Watch Christmas movies. As mentioned above, we started early and I am planning to see many more. Any suggestions (besides the usual ‘must-see’ movies – The Holiday, Home Alone, The Family Stone, National Lampoon’s Christmas, Elf)?
★ We now live in a part of town that is famous for its holiday decorations. There are a couple of blocks that go all out and people come from everywhere to check out the Christmas lights. We only live a short walk away this time (which is nice, because you can’t really park anywhere close) and it’ll be nice to go and walk around. Do you decorate your house?
Things I am not-so-much looking forward to this month:
★ We are – again – not traveling to Germany for the holidays. There were times when I thought it unfathomable to not see my family for Christmas, but it’s become sort of the norm in the last few years (because there were other times in the year where I wanted to go to be present for certain events). While I enjoy a quiet and cozy Christmas at home, what I really want to do is spend the holidays with family.
What’s on your ‘to-do’ (and ‘to-enjoy’!) list the next two weeks?