I am not a person who naturally fills with holiday cheer; if anything, the end of the semester is an exhausting time of year that makes me wonder whether or not I will have any feeling left in my brain by the time the holidays start. We celebrate Christmas, but with very few cousins under 25 on either side of the family, it is always fairly low-key.
That being said, I don’t like doing things halfway either! So this year, Husband and I have a bucket list of things we’d like to do during the holiday season. I think all the goals are achievable, but by having them, we’re more likely to actually put some effort into making them happen.
Attend two Christmas parties: Right now we are on track for this; some friends have invited us to one, and Husband’s work has another. I would be open to more if they showed up, but this has definitely not been an option in years past; the small city is perfectly nice but it has taken us all of 2.5 years to get to a place where we really feel we have a friend group. It’s a good time to celebrate that feeling that we’ve really “made it.”
Walk in the Snow: This one is strangely harder, since I am pretty anti-cold weather no matter now pretty snow is. That being said, if I take the time to bundle up really well, it is pretty close to magic to walk out in the quiet of new fallen snow. I’ll make the effort.
Make Christmas Foods: I have a few traditional foods: I make a super-secret snack mix that is super delicious. I also love a good banana bread or pumpkin bread, as well as my favorite gingerbread cookies, which have butterscotch pudding in them!
Drive through the local Festival of Lights: We’ve been here for two Christmas’s already, but we’ve never made the time to visit our local light display. We also want to drive through the neighborhoods to look at all the lights on houses where people go all out.
We did our first item already (go see the local production of the Nutcracker!) and it was a mixed bag – while it was beautiful, basically everyone in the audience was a family member of a ballerina! Regardless, we’ll keep working on our traditions, since it’s fun to do them and we always get surprised by something.