The weird thing, though, is that it doesn't really feel like Christmas. I think this is partially due to the lack of deco, but also because our brains are honed in on the end of February, not anything before then.
Some good has come out of this, though. One, I don't really feel stressed about Christmas-present buying like I usually do. (Baby gear buying is a different story...) Two, I haven't felt consumed by consumerism, which tends to happen usually when I get 1000 emails from different retailers everyday and have tons of people asking what I want for Christmas. (Fact: I've had a really hard time coming up with presents for family to get me, because I just don't need much right now for myself.) And three, I haven't eaten my weight in holiday sweet treats
But all that to say, I love Christmas and definitely want to partake in some holiday activities. So here are my thoughts on how to maximize the rest of the month.
-listen to more Christmas music (I popped Charlie Brown on at work yesterday)
-watch Christmas movies! (I'm so sad - we've watched none thus far)
-make Christmas cookies (and try not to consume too many myself - actually, maybe this isn't the best idea...)
-eat/drink seasonal-specific things: eggnog/eggnog ice cream, peppermint ice cream (my fave!), peppermint bark, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies other people have made, etc.
-go to the zoo lights thing, even though I can't ice skate this year
-maybe go to the Shelby Farms light display?? (Jonathan - every year I say I want to do this...)
-get a holiday-scented candle (maybe pine?)
Even just typing these out puts me in the spirit a little more! Just because we don't have Christmas decs up doesn't mean we have to completely forget about the holiday!
Did you guys decorate at your houses? And/or are you consumed by "the holiday spirit?"