California’s been dumped with rain (here) and snow (in the mountains) this week (hi atmospheric river!) and what better time to sit down and actually get into the holiday spirit than when it’s cold and rainy outside. Ahem. “So much to do, so little time” is my version of the holiday bucket list post. You must know by now, I am not a bucket-list-kind-of-person. I do write lists (and many of them), but bucket lists always feel dauting. Maybe it’s just semantics? Potayto, potahto!
Anyway. It’s the Christmas time, my favorite time of the year (although I’ve been slow to get into the spirit for a few seasons now). Here’s a list of things I need to get done and some things I’d like to (and already have) enjoy(ed) this holiday season.
★ Bake (more) Christmas Cookies. I already baked a batch, gave some away, ate some, and don’t know if the rest will last us through the holidays. How often do you bake through the holiday season? Just once, or do you have to get on it a second (or third) time?
★ Make hot chocolate. I mean, really make it from scratch. With real melted chocolate and milk slowly heated on the stove top.
★ Go to see the decorations in the neighborhood. Some people in our neighborhood go all out and it’s always fun to walk around and admire the effort they put into decorating their house. We’ll have to find a good time to do that though. We live in a neighborhood that has a HUGE influx of people around the holidays that come in to look at the (bigger) houses and fancy Christmas lights (we even have organized horse wagon rides going up and down some of the streets). It can be a circus here around the holidays.
★ Get our Holiday cards send out. As you know, I always do a Christmas card exchange and that means I send a lot of cards to a lot of people. I was a little late with the ordering process this year, but I hope to get them ready to mail this weekend.
★ Set up and decorate our Christmas tree. Accomplished last weekend and already enjoying the heck out of my little Christmas tree, which was hard fought for last year.
★ Watch some holiday movies. I need to get on that ASAP if I want to make it through my list. Have you watched some holiday movies already? (I know some of you start way early!) If you could only watch ONE holiday movie, which one would that be?
★ Finalize my Christmas gift list. I am almost done with my Christmas shopping (a few items that I order online are left) and I am pretty happy about it. I try to keep it light for the holidays, but I do love to pick out gifts for people, even if it’s just a small gesture of love and appreciation.
★ Get out and finish a puzzle. Maybe I’ll finally have the peace of mind to sit down and attempt a puzzle over the holiday break. I’ve been talking about it for ages.
★ Make some donations for a good cause. We do this throughout the year, but definitely make it a point around the holidays.
★ Post a review and round-up post about this year’s 6th annual Secret Santa Mug Swap. There were 13 participants in the US, Canada, and Germany this year and I can’t wait to share all about it.
★ 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!), and take the time to just marvel at the magic of the season! I am looking forward to drowning myself in Christmas coffee and tea, enjoying Christmas decorations, listening to Christmas music, cozying up by the (very fake TV) fireplace, and just enjoy some peace and quiet.
What’s on your ‘to-do’ (and ‘to-enjoy’!) list this next week?