I’ve got to be honest, I love the holidays. I’m not a
big fan of winter, but I look forward to the beginning of December because it means I can legitimately start getting out the decorations, baking and planning festivities.
I understand that many people have a serious love/hate with this time of year, but not me. Yes, it can be stressful, busy and overpriced. But it doesn’t have to be. Every year I realize that if I take the time to make my holiday file it makes it so much easier and twice as much fun. Okay, calm down all of you who just mentally mocked me for my slightly over the top penchant for list making. It’s true, I do have a file folder for Christmas. It’s bright red and includes pictures, recipes and gift ideas that I’ve found throughout the year that I want to try. It could be worse. I could keep every single magazine, book and article the pictures and ideas come from!
List making aside (Unless it’s to Santa. Obviously.) Are you a scrooge? If you are, here are some of the things that make me happy getting ready for the holidays. Maybe they’ll help. If you’re already in Christmas elf mode please share with me what helps make this season fun and special for you. I’ll probably add it to my little red folder for next year!
Top 10 things I love about gearing up for the holiday season
- Letting christmas carols take over the stereo (instead of show tunes) when I’m in the kitchen.
- Baking gingerbread. Lots and lots of gingerbread.
- Pulling out the old (and new!) christmas decorations.
- Planning menu’s for Christmas eve, our annual holiday open house, and dinners with house guests and friends.
- Reading through the stack of Christmas books I’ve collected over the years.
- Sending holiday wishes the old fashioned way. Cards. By snail mail.
- Remembering how incredibly fortunate we are by making our annual donations. This year we are celebrating the good works of The Stratford Festival, A Loving Spoonful and Big Brothers of Vancouver.
- Sending out my annual call for used running shoes that then get refurbished and distributed to women and children in homes and shelters on the downtown eastside.
- Treating myself to a new pair of flannel pajamas. Then wearing them while I watch some classic seasonal films.
- Egg nog. Enough said.
Enjoy the season. Just don’t have too many cookies!