There are a few holiday-related thoughts swimming through my mind of late - so I thought I'd share them with you guys...
1) Peppermint-Flavored Stuff.
I can't get enough of it! It's never been high on my list of favorite holiday tastes, but for whatever reason now, I'm addicted! I want to eat/drink peppermint-flavored everything.
2) Greeting Cards
I had no intention to make a holiday card this year. Since we don't have kids, it wasn't even on my radar to send out a picture of the two of us (especially since we missed the chance last year to send one from our wedding). But when the cards started flooding in this year, I had a little remorse. Especially because there have been a handful of CWKs (couples without kids) who have sent lovely little cards of just them. So now I'm kind of teetering on whether to send one. I don't think it's too late if I act fast - and/or, I have the option of sending a New Years card like my mom does every year. But should I? We already have all addresses from the wedding, so that wouldn't really require any work. But I just don't know!
3) New Coat
I got a new coat last weekend! I asked my mom for a JCrew giftcard for Christmas specifically for this purpose. And since JCrew was doing 25% off all orders over $150, I went for it! I got it in black because I don't have a black coat. (And an added bonus: I think the woman rang the order up incorrectly. I'm still sort of confused about it. But I know it cost less than I thought it would, and thus only had to pay $15 out of pocket. Thanks mom & JCrew checkout lady, you've made my holiday merry and bright!)
We didn't hang stockings by the chimney with care this year. I know I have a stocking somewhere, but it wasn't in the plastic bins with all the other Christmas decs, so I have no clue where it could be. One thing I've been sort of pondering, though, is making some needlepoint stockings for our family. This is such a grandmother activity, but I actually really enjoy needlepoint. I have two reservations, though: 1) I haven't done a project since high school - no clue if I still remember how to do it (and also, no clue if I still know what kind of needle/thread to buy); and 2) in HS, I didn't have the troubles I now have with my carpal tunnel, so I don't know if working on a cross stitch would potentially bother my wrist.
5) Love Actually
We watched Love Actually on Sunday night. It's one of my top-five favorite Christmas movies - maybe even movies in general. On the surface, it's a lighthearted romantic movie. But seriously, if you really analyze the characters & their relationships (and then contrast all the different relationships in the movie against each other), there's so much substance to the whole thing. Big fan.
6) Christmas Cookies
I haven't had any Christmas cookies this year. Not one. This is an accomplishment. But it's also sort of sad.
Beach time! Cannot wait!!