Oh Christmas time, you are my favorite time of year. I mean, I love fall and it's my favorite time of year, but Christmas is the best. I always feel like a little kid. The snow. All the pretty decorations. 994 excuses to make pretty things and eat your weight in cookies and treats. Giving presents. The list could go on and on. And one thing that I really enjoy are all of the holiday traditions I've grown to love and do each year. Here are my five holiday must dos.
1. Drink cocoa with candy canes.
Do I even need to explain this one? The candy canes definitely make it taste better.
2. Baking and making goodies.
I'll be sharing some ideas in a feature later this month, but I love to make goodies. Ok, wait, technically I'm not much of a baker. I leave that to my mom, sis, and Mr. T. I'm much better at quality control and decorating. But it's really the experience of doing it with (and for) the people I love that makes this a must do every holiday season.
3. Zoo lights and Christmas decorations.
I haven't braved the crowds of tourists just yet. But one thing I have to do every year is go see decorations and lights. I'm not that partial to where though I usually go with my family to see the zoo lights in Lincoln Park Zoo. It's a tradition we started when we lived there and it's been something we've continued to do every year. It's the best.
4. Listening to the Chipmunks and Muppets Christmas albums.
Yes, I am totally a child of the 80s and I wear that loud and proud during the holiday season. Nothing makes me feel more holiday like than listening to those two albums. I also sing them loudly (sometimes from the office which makes Mr. T ask me what's going on). It's also the best.
5. Watching Elf and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.
My whole family is obsessed with Christmas Vacation. Seriously. Even my niece and nephew can recite lines from the movie. My nephew was actually once Cousin Eddie for Halloween. I wait all year to watch it and I love that Mr. T is also a fan. Recently I've also added Elf to the list. It's hilarious and, to me, represents the magicalness of the season. I even get a little choked up in the end (don't judge).