Edit: This post is actually a survey of how many times I can use the term 'holiday' before things get awkward. You let me know.
I remember when I was young, it felt like Christmas (and Hanukkah...I'm half Jewish, dontcha know) took foooorrreeeevvveerrrr to arrive. Those 25 days before I could open up gifts from Santa [ahem, yes, they were hand delivered by Santa] were some of the longest days of my life.
Now, we're already just 10 days away from Christmas. Brb, let me pick my jaw up from the floor. I feel like post-college, the time really just flies by. Aside from watching a few Christmas movies, setting up the tree(s), and a little gift shopping here and there, I feel like I really haven't gotten into the holiday spirit just yet. Now that it's right around the corner, I'm going to really focus on getting the most out of one of my favorite times of the year.
In the next 10 days, I vow to:
- Bake a couple variations of Christmas cookies. Bring a box down to Ryan's family for Christmas Eve, have a cookie or ten with a glass of champagne surrounded by friends at a holiday soiree. Whatever - I just want to bake cookies, dammit! And drink champagne. Obviously.
- Take a walk around a festive neighborhood or park. There are some gorgeous neighborhoods around where I live, and some streets are known for having tons of beautifully holiday decorated houses. I'd love to take Einstein for a walk with Ryan one night to enjoy all the lights. Or take a drive. I'm easy to please.
- Wrap my gifts early. I've been pretty good this year about buying my presents for everyone in advance, but I have a tendency to put off wrapping because I have "all this time" and then I end up with no time.
- Make holiday-inspired sangria. Enough said.
- Truly enjoy time with those around me. Put my iPhone/iPad/whatever down for once in my life and appreciate my friends and family that are choosing to spend their time with me.