As I mentioned, this Christmas is going to be tough. Mom LOVED Christmas and has always done it BIG. My friend once walked into our house, looked around and said, “it looks like Hallmark threw up in here.” I think my mom would have been slightly offended but she adored my friend and knew he spoke out of awe/love.
So, this Christmas season, we have been floundering a bit. Do we stick to all of our traditions? Do we add new ones? To be honest, it has been a tad overwhelming. My dad is hesitant about sticking to all of the traditions although my sister and I have bullied him into putting up the tree and maybe a few decorations. Heid and I were on the phone and maybe she could tell I was starting to get a bit anxious and then she said this:
“We’re going to pinterest the sh*t out this Christmas”
Immediately, I laughed and felt better. No, Christmas (or anything else for that matter) will ever be the same but it can still be good. Special. Wonderful, even.
Last year, I created a Christmas Bucket List of all the things I was going to do to celebrate the holiday season. Midway through, I started to feel as though it were a to-do list and became a bit angst-y because what if I couldn’t get it all done?! Semantics and language are important to me and while I liked the idea of creating fun things to do for the season I needed to change it up and incorporate my sister’s and my plan to reconstruct our holiday. I give you
My “Holiday Hope To” list…
*Run a holiday race – done x3 and there will be one more next week! Not to mention one on New Year’s day that I am really pumped for.
*Decorate my apt and get a tree – I can’t wait! This will be happening tonight! I have pink lights for it. Maybe I will hate it but maybe it will be <3 instalove <3
*Make cinnamon ornaments – I vaguely remember my mom doing this back in the day and it’s all over pinterest.
*Advent Calendar – a sweet friend of mine bought me an advent calendar the other day when she saw my post on facebook asking for suggestions on new Christmas traditions… it has chocolate behind each day – yay!
*Make cookies, send out Christmas cards and exchange names with the fam for stockings – these are definitely not new but are still filled with dear memories for me and are happening again this year
*Go wassailing… haha, no, I actually have no idea what this is… I won’t be doing it
*Participate in the Elf 4 Health program and Runner’s World Run Streak – both of these are going so well! My “elf” is very kind and supportive and I feel super lucky to have been matched with her! The run streak is a good challenge for me and is reinvigorating my love/discipline for running.
*Ornament and Toughie gift exchange – I signed up on a blog to exchange an ornament with another blogger – this has been cool! We will be getting our ornaments in the next week or so! Then I signed up to participate in the Tough Chik gift exchange – love it! Goodies in the mail I didn’t buy for myself?! Awesome
*Other things on the docket as possibilities are jammies on Christmas eve, a movie day with the whole fam, Les Mis, a special breakfast (beyond what we usually do – cinnamon rolls are dancing through my head!), making decorations out of candy, making some Christmas presents, going to see the Zoo lights in WA…
I renamed it because these are things I *HOPE* to do but don’t have to. If I don’t make cinnamon ornaments that’s okay. My holiday spirit will not be dashed by things I DIDN’T do.
Do you have any traditions you would be willing to share? I would love to hear them!