Friday, December 1, 2017

10 things I'll be doing in December



Poor December. There's a lot of pressure on this month with people seeking to pack it full of merriment or else.

There are a lot of things that do not make my December to do list. I will not be constructing a gingerbread house, crafting anything, listening to non-stop holiday music, visiting a live nativity, attending a tree lighting ceremony, dealing with any elves on shelves in person or on social media, writing a letter to Santa, attempting to eat healthy at holiday gatherings, making Christmas cookies, going caroling, seeing the Nutcracker, ice skating, watching every Christmas movie known to man, and numerous other things that I have no interest in. If you do those things, good for you. Not for me.

Some things that are on my December list:

1. Taking in all the lights. I freaking love lights.
2. Decking the halls, but not going nuts. There's a puppy less than four months old in the house.
3. Delighting in my ceramic Christmas trees. Everyone has a Christmas decor thing. These are mine.

4. Drinking out of holiday mugs.
5. Taking time for myself, which includes getting two massages and reading books and saying no to things.
6. Spreading cheer, especially to those who really need it.
7. Saying ho ho ho and ho ho ho mofos as often as possible, even when not appropriate.
8. Closing down the shore house until March and resisting this administration's push towards authoritarianism. I didn't say everything on this list was happy.
9. Meeting my nephew!
10. Purging and reorganizing various spots to start 2018 fresh.

What's on your December to do list?

28 comments:

  1. Yes yes yes to alll of the Christmas mugs!!!! I think I should add more cabinets just to house those festive mugs!

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  2. So happy we are able to do good. It’s the best. Can’t wait to me our new little baby❣️ Another baby to rock and sing to. We are the luckiest ducks in the universe. Happy and joyful and loving and kind and giving December to all❣️
    Love. Your. Momma.

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  3. I am so nervous to bring Nash home to my parents' for Christmas with the tree & all that jazz. The ho ho ho mofos made me laugh out loud & now I want to try to work it into conversation between now & Christmas. Happy Friday & have a great weekend!

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  4. My December is looking crazy at least on the weekends starting with tonight. Tonight my husband and I are chaperoning a high school lock in at our church 7pm- 8 am tomorrow morning. I’m pretty sure you are saying hell no right now but it will be fine we aren’t in charge just helping.
    Next up is Christmas caroling again with our church. We rent a bus and go all around town mostly shut ins and assisted living facilities.
    After that it’s Christmas Pageant time with the real young ones are you nothing a theme here?
    To add some variety into my December I hope there will be some family time and some decorating.
    I’m off for the last week where I am going to hopefully recharge my batteries.
    Looking forward to hearing about the arrival of your nephew!!

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  5. it's birthday month so lots of treating myself will be done until my actual birthday. My husband is also off for most of December so there'll be lots of relaxing and napping and hanging out with the family.

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  6. Drinking out of holiday mugs is a solid reason to love Christmas! My Santa mug made an appearance on my coffee mug stand this week and Im not hating it. I love lights too!

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  7. I love love love ceramic christmas trees! My aunt had one growing up and now that she's gone, I wish I had gotten the one that she had. Seeing them just bring back awesome memories for me--I can literally remember sitting in her kitchen and so many details, because of that tree!

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  8. I love Christmas lights too. My dad is like 'they're the same every year, how many can you go see?' but I don't care, I love them. They're on my December must do list, along with riding the Santa Train like the child that I am. (http://www.transitchicago.com/holidaytrain/)

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  9. Oh my I love your ceramic tree collection!! I love doing the drive thru Christmas light things they have in parks, etc...if I can stay in my car and enjoy all the things that's best for everybody. I need to get out my Christmas mugs!

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  10. Those trees are awesome! My Christmas thing is snow globes - still need to dig them out though. My Nutcracker Christmas mugs were the first things I started the season with - coffee tastes better in a Christmas mug.

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  11. Purging is high on my list! As well as taking it easy and doing things I love....like driving around and looking at lights. Ho Ho Ho mofos is definitely getting added to my daily greetings. I love mofo so a holiday version is perfect!! Let the merriment begin!!

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  12. Love this list. Might borrow it- I am forever "borrowing" your great blog ideas!! I also have never understood caroling or gingerbread houses...just, why?

    My mom has a white ceramic Christmas tree that is "mine," she still puts it up every year in "my" room when we go see them for the holiday!

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  13. So true! So much pressure on December! Your ceramic Christmas trees are gorgeous- I'm sure they look so cool all lit up! I love the ornaments hanging in your window too, so pretty with the lights!

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  14. Yes to ho ho ho'ing even when it's not appropriate! December definitely has a lot of pressure on it, but so much to take in. Especially lights and holiday mugs :)

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  15. I'm not going crazy decking the halls this year either. It's too much with the kitchen being under construction! But I am going to put up a tree and a few favorite decorations! The whole month is pretty hectic but I just scheduled to be off next Friday and I'm going to spend it just relaxing. I can't wait.

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  16. My pareants have a ceramic tree like that I loved decorating it when I was little! Yes to all of this, I want to take it all in, and get a massage!

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  17. Ha, Yes - Attempting to eat healthy at holiday gatherings is NOT on my agenda either.
    I need a holiday mug!

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  18. Having a child born in December means, for me at least, that the rest of the holidays are back burner priorities.

    A few things I will do: look at lights, watch a few specific movies, eat my body weight in candy canes, and make various kinds of fudge.

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  19. The ceramic trees are very cute! Love the lighting by your window. I'm sure Bruce would go nuts with any decor that's reachable by mouth. Exciting that your nephew arrives this month! When is his due date?

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  20. Amennn. Seriously, though. I will never ever ever be the person that watches what I eat around the holidays (or maybe ever...?). Life is just too damn short ;)

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  21. We're not really decorating this year, we only brought a couple of small ornaments from the UK and it doesn't seem worth it to get a tree/other decorations etc as we may well not be here next year. I expect I'll end up with a bunch of fairy lights regardless - they're my Christmas decor thing.

    A seasonal drink container is a great idea. I might treat myself to one.

    Yay for a new nephew!

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  22. I love you love those ceramic trees so much. They remind me of my grandmothers house growing up <3

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  23. The ceramic trees! So much fun!! I love all the different sizes. Do you think you and Clark will be on the same page with holiday decor? I'm pretty sure that Bruce will be a force to be reckoned with this Christmas, lol. I'm definitely going to try and adopt ho ho ho mofos as my mantra this year, lol.

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  24. I love that first picture - it really resonates "calm Christmas" to me. LOVE it. I also love your ceramic trees!!!
    I am doing a bunch of the things you mentioned - hahaha - gingerbread houses, facilitating letters to Santa, etc ;) but that's life as a mother of small, excited children :) However, elf on the shelf is just not something I can get into AT ALL. I love drinking out of holiday mugs!!!!

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  25. I do everything you mentioned in your first paragraph, except for live nativity and the fucking Elf. Haha! The Elf on social media kills me. If it's really for your kids, then why do we have to see it? My grandma had a white ceramic tree and I just got one from Target. One day I'll find a vintage one, but for now this cheap knock-off will have to do.

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  26. YES to the fancy Christmas lights- I spent both Saturday AND Sunday night going to see different light displays and loved every minute. I also always take a ton of time off this time of year because I always find myself with leftover days PLUS my clients are all out, so it's a nice time of year to just hit the reset button and get time to do the things I pretty much neglect all year. Oh, and need to get to Rockefeller Center, obviously!

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  27. doing literally all of these things as well. Also trying to say "jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse" as much as possible. or at least find a way to make it an instagram caption ....dream big.

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