The holiday season is upon us, so naturally it’s time to indulge in the Christmas cookies, mulled wine, hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows, peppermint flavored everything, and dig out that one pair of pants you have that has just enough give to get you through ’til the new year.
I love the holidays; I love spending time with loved ones and getting that warm fuzzy feeling once the rum-spiked eggnog kicks in.
As of today, there are only 12 days until Christmas. 12.
That may seem like a long time, but Christmas will be here faster than you can name all of Santa’s reindeer.
Aaaaaand that’s enough of the Christmas pandering.
I haven’t done a Tuesday Thoughts post (like this one about Trump) in a while, so today you’ll get to read 12 fun holiday treats from yours truly:
PS. Not actual treats, but.. they’re kind of like treats for your mind.
Pre-lit Christmas trees suck.
We put up or pre-lit tree last week, and once we plugged it in realized that the tree’s mid-section didn’t light up – already off to a great start! Boyfriend had a string of lights in his box of decorations, so instead of using the lights from the tree, we decided to use our alternate source. Once those lights were on and the lights plugged in, our Christmas tree was still sparsely lit; as luck would have it, patches of those bulbs were burnt out, too.
Moral of the story: test your lights before putting them up on the tree. Or don’t buy pre-lit Christmas trees.
Gingerbread houses are fun (and delicious!)
That gingerbread house you see right there – I made that! It was my very first gingerbread house ever. If you’ve never made one before, you’re missing out. Coming up with the design is half the fun! I took a knife to my jujubes so that I could makeshift a shingled roof – my gingerbread family lives in style, no doubt.
I honestly don’t know what was more fun, though; making it or eating it.
Probably a bit of both.
Gingerbread is probably one of my favorite Christmas cookies (here’s a great recipe for some delicious ginger snaps). I love the spicy (but sweet) taste it leaves in your mouth, or how it softens and only becomes more delicious when you dip it into coffee! Mmm.
NOTE: Please acknowledge the aforementioned Christmas tree.
My bank account hates me.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve picked up an extra shift or two at work just to balance out my earning to my spending.
The Christmas season always leaves my bank account a little angry with me, but I can’t help it; I like giving gifts to people! Why do I, or more specifically, my bank account, have to suffer for being a generous person?
What do you get for people who are just impossible to buy for?
Case and point: my parents.
Every year, I ask them what they would like for Christmas. Every year, I get the same answer: “nothing.”
Gee, guys, thanks. That’s extremely helpful! Let me just box up a big bunch of “nothing” for you – oh wait, I can’t, because you can’t wrap “nothing”. I guess I could just wrap a box that doesn’t have anything inside, but that’s just silly (and a waste of wrapping paper)!
I’ll figure it out.
ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS MOVIES!
Don’t judge me.
Christmas movies have that ability to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
ELF is another one I’ll watch every year. Will Ferrell is hilarious.
But The Santa Clause still takes my top pick. The other two movies that follow in the series are good, too, but not as good as the first one.
Imagine waking up and finding out you’re Santa Claus. That’s messed up.
My house, or yours?
When you live in different cities than your loved ones, it’s tricky to organize where Christmas will take place. Rental cars are super expensive this time of year, as are flights. Don’t even get me started on buses and trains.
Trying to figure out where Christmas dinner will take place is super stressful and makes me just want to curl up in a ball and sleep through the entire holiday season. That’s okay, right?
Snow on sidewalks = frozen toes.
It doesn’t matter how warm my socks are, my toes are always frozen in the winter.
Even if I wear heavy-duty, industrial winter boots, my toes are inches away from frost bite.
Worst. Feeling. Ever.
As much as I love Christmas music, I really hate listening to it everywhere I go.
I get it; ’tis the season, blah blah blah. I don’t mind the catchy tunes, but I’d rather it be mixed in with some Top 40 tunes, or some R&B, or anything really.
If I hear one more Michael Bublé Christmas song, I think I might cry. Not because it’s so moving, but because it’s so overplayed already, it’s draining!
Ornaments, tinsel and lights, oh my!
Taking strolls through my neighbourhood and seeing all of the decorated houses is another thing I really enjoy during the holiday season.
Just look at this cute little decorated tree! I love when outdoor trees have ornaments and lights on them, especially when they’re oversized and colorful.
Next time you’re looking for something somewhat romantic to do, grab a coffee (or a hot chocolate) and take a walk with your significant other once it’s a little dark outside. Once all of the Christmas lights are on, it makes for a really pretty walk!
Rosy noses and cheeks.
You know that feeling when you’re walking around outside, running errands, and then realize your face is freezing and you can’t feel your nose?
I kind of love that.
Once the warmth hits your face when you come inside, you begin to feel all tingly.
It’s probably not good for your skin, but if you moisturize and keep your skin healthy during the winter months, you’ll be fine. A great moisturizer is The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Mask. You apply it at night, post bedtime routine, and let it soak in. You’ll wake up with amazingly smooth skin the next morning!
All of the hot beverages!
A hot coffee on a cold, winter day is the perfect instant warmer-upper.
It keeps your hands warm (if you’re not a fan of gloves or mittens), and your insides will thank you.
If you’re looking for a new holiday drink, throw a peppermint tea bag into a hot chocolate. If you want to be even more adventurous, add a chai tea bag into a white hot chocolate. It’s a bit sweet, but it’s a perfect hot treat.
But really guys, it’s just so beautiful.
All in all, winter brings the snow and cold weather, but it also brings beautiful (and almost romantic) landscapes.
Snow-covered trees and the way the they glisten when they’re hit with sunlight or Christmas lights is breathtaking.
As of right now, there’s only a little bit of snow in Toronto, but it appears we’ll have a white Christmas after all.
At least, I hope we do.
What are some of your favorite things about winter and the holiday season? Any special holiday drinks you enjoy?
Let me know in the comments below!