I had this idea around October last year. Fall is my favorite time of the year and Halloween is my favorite holiday, yet every year it seems like retailers, bloggers and people in general are pushing Christmas to arrive sooner and sooner. Meanwhile I’m over here watching tv and saying wtf to a Christmas commercial airing October 14th.
Am I the only one that thinks this is crazy?
I remember back in my elementary school days we celebrated each holiday at the appropriate time. October 31st came around and we would all come in to class in our costumes and consume way too much candy corn. For Thanksgiving we were taught the meaning of the holiday and half the class would be pilgrims and the other half would be Indians. We would sit at the table together and make hand turkeys that our teachers would staple to the leaf-border bulletin board. And after Thanksgiving, the Christmas festivities would begin. As kids, we just enjoyed the season that we were currently in.
So, I’m going to make an effort to start this year off enjoying the season that I’m currently in, and I hope you will too. At the beginning of each month I will share a list of things to do for the month we’re in, not only to help myself stay more in the moment but I’m hoping it’ll help you as well.
Now that we’re (hopefully) cured from our NYE hangovers, let’s get started with January!
One. Make some New Years resolutions/goals!
Two. If you didn’t have one for Christmas, set up a hot chocolate bar. Chances are wherever you’re at, it’s cold so having this hot chocolate bar set up and ready to go should help warm you and your family right up.
Three. Take advantage of the seasonal produce. You can click here to get the full winter produce list.
Four. If you have snow outside, go out and enjoy it! Have a snowball fight, build a snowman or go sledding. It’s not gonna be there forever so get out there you little snow bunny.
Five. Plan a weekend trip to a ski resort. To keep the cost down you can get a group of friends/family together and rent a lodge for the weekend. Or if you’re close enough to one you could always go skiing/snowboarding for the day.
Six. Have a game night. Whether you play with the people you live with or invite some friends over, game nights are a great way to force you to put your phone down and actually enjoy the people around you. My personal recommendation: Life. That game is my jam.
Seven. If there’s a weekend where frostbite won’t set in after the first 5 minutes of being outside, have a bonfire. If you don’t have a fire pit set up already there are a ton of simple fire pit tutorials on Pinterest.
Eight. Tackle painting that room you’ve been dreading. Or whatever interior home project you’ve been wanting/needing to get done.
Nine. You know that old school commercial about Campbell’s soup? The boy comes in as a snowman and as he starts eating his soup the snow melts away? I love that commercial. Get yourself some tomato soup and whip up a grilled cheese sandwich. This grilled cheese from The Garlic Diaries looks ah-mazing.
Ten. Within the first couple days after Christmas I’m ready to take my decorations down. Word on the street is you should take them down before the New Year to avoid any misfortunes from the previous year following you. If you haven’t taken them down already you can do it on the twelfth night after Christmas which January 5th.
Eleven. Check out any events going on in your town. If you don’t know where they’re posted, just google (enter your county/city name) local events or events calendar.
That’s about all folks! I hope you enjoyed my first post and to find more about me you can click here.
And… if you have any special activities you do in January feel free to leave a comment below!
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