Okay, I know it’s not officially winter yet, but it sure as hell feels like it. The temps have fallen a few degrees in the last week making the days a little chillier than usual. And now that Thanksgiving is done and over with, the Christmas season is in full force. Just like most people, I LOVE the Christmas season and it’s my favorite time of year. Since Thanksgiving ended, I’ve already decorated my apartment, ordered our Christmas cards, and done most of my Christmas shopping. Now that all that is out of the way, I can focus on all the fun, winter-y things I want to do this holiday season. I’ve made my list, and checked it twice. Here’s how I plan to make this holiday season bright!
1) Mail out Christmas cards to our friends and family – I’ve sent out Christmas cards for as long as I can remember. (I love greeting cards and I love sending mail.) This year, I decided to try something different and get custom holiday cards made for Chris and I to send out. If you’re looking for a good website to help design your holiday cards, I’d suggest Shutterfly. They had some great deals when I ordered my cards, including 40% off and free shipping.
2) Go ice skating – I haven’t gone ice skating in I-don’t-know-how-long, so I really want to go this year. Nothing screams “winter wonderland” quite like an ice skating rink. Luckily, Chris and I have already been invited to go by friends. (Hi Brigette!)
3) Drive around and look at Christmas lights – I know of an awesome neighborhood court that goes all out with their Christmas lights every year. I had gone every year since high school, but the last couple years I missed out. This particular court is high priority this year!
4) Drink holiday beverages – I try not to go to Starbucks very often these days, but I think I’ll have to make a few exceptions for a Peppermint Mocha or some Caramel Apple Cider in a red cup.
5) Attend holiday parties – Ain’t no party like a holiday party! Chris and I already have an invite to one, which happens to be his work’s holiday party. It’s going to be hosted at a fancy restaurant in Napa. Hey-o!
6) Donate a toy gift to the Sacramento Children’s Home – Another high priority this year. In fact, I think this needs to be filed under “annual Christmas tradition.”
7) Host a holiday party – I had so much fun hosting a Friendsgiving get-together last week, I want to do it again, Christmas style. I’m thinking ugly Christmas sweaters, a white elephant gift exchange, and some spiked eggnog.
8) Watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music – Home Alone and Elf are two of my favorites. I can’t wait to curl up on the couch and watch these with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.
9) Bake bake bake – Last year, I baked these Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and they were AMAZING. I can’t wait to bake those bad boys again soon.
10) See The Nutcracker Ballet – Again, a once holiday tradition that has been forgotten over the last couple years. I have a soft spot for The Nutcracker Ballet because when I was in elementary school, performed in my dance studio’s Nutcracker rendition three years in a row. I’d love to see the ballet again and get nostalgic for my ballerina days.
What’s on your 2013 winter bucket list?