Celebrating the Season Right

Don’t you love when you write something and somehow it deletes?  Right, me too.  Well, today is the day that I head back to California for the holidays.  It’s been about 3.5 or so months, which is the longest period of time I’ve spent away from home and away from California.  Oh I’m excited to bask in the sunny and warm weather of Southern California, but I’m not as homesick as I used to be.  I have and always will be a California gal, but changing up the scenery has been enjoyable so far. I‘ll talk more about this in my recap of 2013, so let’s move onto some holiday cheer.  First off – some humor with Elite Daily’s take on Christmas if gender roles were reversed.  Too.Darn.Funny 

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Everyone has their own traditions to celebrate the season.  I haven’t been able to watch nearly as many Christmas classics as I would have liked, mostly because I don’t own any of them, but that will soon change when I reach the west coast. 🙂 I have been able to soak up some of the Big Apple’s best such as watching the Rockettes, catching snowflakes, indulging in peppermint hot chocolate, and exploring the holiday markets.  There really is some magical feeling of being in the city during the holidays. I’ve even been blessed with the experience of a “traditional white Christmas” (even if it was only two days) and now I get to return to MY traditional sunny and 70F Christmas.  Really, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

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We picked up our own Christmas tree to make our apartment feel more special.  Hope did most all of the decorating but I made sure to name it – Baby Doug – and everyone made fun of me for it.  My family likes to name everything from our cars to our home.  Don’t you wish you were as cool as we are 😉

IMG_1647Yes, I carried it the entire way home like this and even got a few whistles/laughs from people.  What can I say?  I’m dedicated to the holidays.

Last week I volunteered at a couple of events put on by my work.  The first was wrapping care packages for a Gay Men’s Health center and the second was handing out lunch to a semi-retirement home.  The latter group of folks don’t have much family, if any, and rarely are treated to pizza.  It sounds corny, but being able to bring a smile to someone’s face just makes my day.

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Of course Christmas in New York is not complete without visiting Rockefeller Plaza.  My dad and I did a better job of sticking around for the lights show last year, but even stopping by for a few minutes to catch this beauty is worth it.

Things I didn’t get around to but still make the holiday season bright in NYC: shopping along 5th Avenue, various store displays, ice skating (Bryant Park, Central Park, Rockefeller Plaza), and watching Miracle on 34th Street.  I really have the urge to re-enact a few scenes from Elf (maybe the “world’s best cup of coffee” line), but we’ll see what sort of guts I have.

IMG_4441So what’s on par for the week ahead?  I actually don’t have my schedule set line for line, but a general idea of what I want to accomplish.  Hanging out with one of my best friends, Lindsay, running, running, running, golf, church, Christmas Eve/day with family, it shall be a whirlwind.  After that tangent of a sentence, have a great weekend and Merry Christmas!

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
Calvin Coolidge 

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12 thoughts on “Celebrating the Season Right

  1. I’m not even joking, when I come visit we’re going to recreate Elf scenes. Especially skipping over crosswalks and congratulating a coffee shop on having the world’s best cup of coffee. I’m SO EXCITED for you to go home and see your family! You’ve really lived up the Christmas season here on the east coast but I know how excited you are to go home too 🙂

    • I am SO excited!! When I told my sister, she just rolled her eyes and walked away. She would prefer I don’t draw attention to ourselves. I will scout one out so we can go make the world a better place 😉

  2. sounds like you’ve got some great stand-in traditions this year! i’m always the one in my family to make us stick to our favorite traditions. and to start off christmas day, i’ll be heading over my parents’ house before sunrise with coffees and hot cocoa.

    that. video. was. HILARIOUS. hahaha. thanks for sharing.

    • That’s awesome you keep your family traditions going! someone has to do it 😉

      Glad you enjoyed the video! Something funny is necessary every single day of the year!

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