I am officially in the holiday spirit. And with just two weeks left until Christmas Day, I want to do everything I can to savor the best parts of the season.
Yesterday I lit a Christmas-tree scented candle and watched a marathon of Christmas movies including Four Christmases, Christmas Shoes and Elf (well, I tried to watch Elf but then my dvd player broke.. fail).
Today I have a Christmas playlist going on Spotify and I have no intentions of turning it off until AFTER the 25th. Or maybe in January… I really love the holidays.
I also painted my nails a fun gold sparkle. It’s amazing how much a little nail polish can get you in the holiday mood. I want to play with other holiday nail ideas and found some great inspiration over on Refinery 29. I LOVE the candy cane/mint idea. But we’ll see if my skill level coincides with the results of the picture.
How do you get in the holiday spirit?
I love the holidays. In fact, in my mom’s recent blog post, she referred to me as the “Hallmark Hostess”. I thrive on traditions and festivities, Christmas trees and snowflakes. I start listening to Christmas music once my plate has been cleared from the Thanksgiving day table.
So why, this year, are the fa la la la las taking such a toll on me?
After two snow storms slammed upstate, NY with five feet of snow, my Christmas shopping was reduced to online purchases. No big deal. Until my credit card information gets messed up and I end up on hold for 20 minutes with Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Then my internet goes out. And it takes me eight tries to get up and down my driveway to make it to work everyday (because in upstate, NY no amount of snow is enough to trigger a “work from home” day).
At this point I’m still smiling. Drinking my Rudolph Riesling while watching How I met Your Mother and GLEE isn’t a total waste of my night(s).
But now we’re three days until Christmas. And not all of my presents have arrived, and none of them are wrapped. And my nights are booked with volunteering that, instead of looking forward to, I’m dreading. And I love the office holiday treats, but when am I going to bake the cake I promised I’d bring in? After I wrap the gifts? While I’m doing some laundry? Before I pack my bags for a few days at home?
Now all I want to do is climb in my bed and stay there until it’s safe to come out, anxiety free.
I’d like to say this anxiety is new, but I’m pretty sure I’ve carried it around my whole life. When I was younger, I used to get stomach aches every Christmas from over-excitement. During high school (and maybe still now?) no holiday was complete without a blow-out fight with my mom or sister, caused by high expectations and over-anticipation. This year, my boyfriend got the brunt of it. I cried when he said he didn’t like a scene in the Christmas episode of GLEE (really???).
So I’ll let this anxiety run its course, and maybe help it out a little with a trip to the liquor store…
It’s weird that as I get older my holiday priorities change. Instead of worrying about what gift I’ll get or if there will be enough snow outside and presents under the tree, I get more happiness out of the little things. Here are some of the things bringing me joy this holiday season, what about you?
(image via http://sweetannieskitchenblog.wordpress.com/)
- holiday flavored coffee, creamers and lattes (Starbucks peppermint mocha to be exact)
- sugar cookie scented candle
- cozy winter sweaters and scarves
- 24-hour Christmas music radio stations
- red and green hershey kisses
- Christmas lights
- baked goods
- egg nog
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
- holiday parties
- decorated retail stores and city streets
- TV show Christmas episodes (Glee, How I Met Your Mother!)
- holiday volunteering (toy drives, food drives, adopt a family…)
- Christmas cards
… and so much more. Happy Holidays!