Things to Enjoy this Time of Year

Do any of you make a bucket list of things you want to do this time of year?  The month of December usually flies by so quickly that I’ve found it helpful to jot down a list and roughly plan things out in order to enjoy the season as much as possible.

Here’s what’s on my list:

Pick out a fresh Christmas tree -did this this past weekend!

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Decorate the apartment. Three fourths done with this – will post a few pics on Instagram soon!

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Snuggle up on the sofa with the hubs and pup and watch favorite holiday movies. So far have watched: Love Actually, Jingle All the Way, Charlie Brown Christmas, and When Harry Met Sally. Still want to watch: The Holiday (my favorite!), Home Alone, Elf, and The Family Stone.

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Sip several cups of hot chocolate.  We picked up some Ghiradelli hot chocolate mix when we went to San Francisco last month, so will enjoy some of that for sure, but also love drinking Abuelita- a Mexican classic I grew up with.

hotchocolateIce skate – There’s a cute little outdoor rink near our apartment that’s beautifully decorated with lights that looks magical at night.

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Make lots and lots of christmas cookies and treats to eat and to share.

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Pull out the winter wear.

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Wrap presents – I did most of my shopping online, so once everything comes in, I’ll pull out the paper and pretty ribbons, get together with some peeps, and have a little wrapping session.

gift-wrapping-partyListen to Christmas music all throughout the month. My favorites are Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Josh Groban, Joe, and Christina Aguilera.

What are you enjoying this season? What are your favorite holiday movies and songs?

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  • http://www.yorkavenublog.com/ Jackie-York Avenue

    Love this post! All of these holiday and winter-y things make me so happy. My favorite movie this time of year is Family Man, an old one with Nicolas Cage-sort of a modern day It’s A Wonderful Life-so good. Happy holidays!

  • Daryn

    gorgeous post!