Last year (I can admit it now) I was rather Scrooge-like in my participation in holiday events. I just did NOT enjoy the Christmas season, though I did try hard not to show that and spoil everyone else’s fun. I don’t want a repeat this year, so I’m putting some thought into what I really enjoy about the holidays, what I don’t enjoy (and am not going to do) and what makes me feel festive.
Here are 10 things, in no particular order, that I like to do that say “happy holiday season” to me:
Watch A Christmas Story. I can’t tell you why, but this is my all-time favorite Christmas movie, and I have to watch it at least once. I especially like to watch it while wrapping gifts.
Put up a tree. I say this, because the year we went to New York for Christmas, we didn’t put the tree up and I missed having it all through the month of December.
|Christmas in New York|
Decorate the house. We live in
but I still decorate like we live in a log cabin somewhere in the forest. Palm
trees and sea shells don’t say “Christmas” the way fir and holly do.
Listen to Christmas music and, usually, buy one new Christmas CD for the collection. This year, I’m leaning towards Straight No Chaser’s Holiday Spirits. (What’s your favorite holiday CD?)
Spend a night or two with the TV off, the fireplace burning (weather permitting—this is
after all), the candles lighted, and Christmas music playing. I find this so
relaxing—an antidote to any holiday craziness that creeps in.
Put antlers on the dog and a Santa hat on the horse. Because I just have to.
Have one big family get-together, usually on Christmas day, where all the relatives who live locally come to our house to feast and make merry.
|Last year my husband made Beef Wellington!|