We made it through fall semester and I am anxiously awaiting my grades. A little nervous about that. My goal was to keep my 4.0 GPA up. But one of my classes really challenged me this semester and I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep that GPA. At least doing things for Christmas, like decorating and shopping, help keep my mind off obsessing over it. I’d like to share some of my holiday traditions with you.
Christmas shopping. It definitely can be stressful but I have most of it done. With little things here and there, I should be able to finish within a few days. It’s all the wrapping that is going to take the most time. Last week, I worked 6 days straight (both jobs, with a couple 12-14 hour days) so I definitely didn’t have time, nor the energy, to do anything.
We buy a real tree every year, which is the best. We go to this empty lot full of trees from Michigan that’s by my house. I like purchasing my tree from them because they’re farmers. This guy and his wife do all the hard labor, cutting down the trees and transporting them to us, AND they have to live in a trailer for weeks. It has to be challenging for them. It wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t have a real tree.
Christmas Eve is my favorite part of the holiday. My immediate family and I gather at our house and we eat a HUGE steak and lobster dinner. We play music and games and then after dinner, we open presents. I’m REALLY excited for the gifts I am giving this year. I put a lot of thought into all of them.
Christmas Day will be a bit different for us this year. In past years, we would split the day between my mom’s side and my dad’s side. We’d have dinner with my mom’s family and snacks and dessert with my dad’s family. It’s a very long day because it is a TON of driving. However, this year my dad’s side is coming over to our house to have Christmas dinner, which we’ve never been able to do before. My grandparents usually have it, but they’re getting to the age where it’s too much work for them. So, this year I will be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at home.
For New Year’s Eve, I still have no plans. My boyfriend and I can’t figure out what to do. We don’t really want to go out. Most places are way too expensive and way too crowded. But we don’t want to stay home. My friends all kind of do their own thing, so that option is out. We have no clue what his friends are doing. If we go to the city, we’d need to stay in a hotel and that can get expensive. I’m running out of good ideas. I’m definitely the kind of person that needs to plan ahead, too. However, last year, last minute we ended up going to dinner with his parents and went out and sang karaoke all night. We had so much fun! So maybe I should try to be more spontaneous since it worked out so well last year. It might kill me, but I’ll try.
What are some of your holiday traditions?