Enjoy the Month

Enjoy the Month You’re In- January

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.

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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.

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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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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Chas
    January 3, 2017 at 2:34 am

    I love your list and totally agree about being present in the current season. I look forward to seeing your next list!

    • Reply
      Maggie Lois
      January 3, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Thank you and Happy New Year!!

  • Reply
    Brittany
    January 3, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Love these ideas for my January season. In the process of removing decorations bit by bit and replacing with the current transition – somewhere between New Years, Valentines Day, Mardi Gras, and just every day home decor. Happy New Year. #Motivational Monday

    • Reply
      Maggie Lois
      January 3, 2017 at 3:05 am

      Thank you! Decorating for the season/holidays is always so much fun. Have a Happy New Year!!

  • Reply
    Janet Vinyard
    January 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Maggie, I really appreciated your post as I don’t like January or February & consider them boring months! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration! Blessings, Janet

    • Reply
      Maggie Lois
      January 4, 2017 at 12:43 am

      No problem! I totally agree with you, but hopefully you can use some of these ideas to start enjoying these “boring” winter months!

  • Reply
    Amy
    January 5, 2017 at 2:59 am

    This is a fantastic idea, and I love your list! I totally down with the hot chocolate bar. We don’t get much snow here, but we do usually have a few weeks (off and on) of pretty cold temperatures. I’ve already started a painting project (check), but my Christmas decor is still up… In my defense, our families are all out of town, and we didn’t even return home until January 1st. Looking forward to your next list. I’ve followed you on Bloglovin’ and Instagram. 🙂

    • Reply
      Maggie Lois
      January 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Lol, I won’t judge you on the Christmas stuff, thanks for stopping by!

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