There are 65 days ’til Christmas. When I was younger, my mom and I would legit start this countdown while we were still in the triple digits. And we would update each other on the number constantly.
This year, I am proposing a little manifesto of sorts. It’s my holiday season “to-do” list, if to-do lists were all about the good stuff, having fun and slowing down, and none of the have-tos.
I realize it’s still October. But if you think about this like my younger self, it’s already at least 40+ days into the holiday countdown. So humor me.
♥ I will bake cookies with my mama, like I’ve done every year.
♥ I will decorate the apartment with P. — our own space, full of Christmas cheer — like I’ve never done before.
♥ I will keep reminding myself to slow down and savor it all, with photos or just with memories.
♥ We will get a Christmas tree! (Not sure if it will be real or fake, but it doesn’t matter.)
♥ I will spend festive time with family and friends.
♥ I will document the season and the good vibes with paper and ink, and stories and photos.
♥ I will start listening to Christmas music on the radio as soon as it starts. Which is probably in a couple of weeks.
♥ We will watch a ton of Christmas movies.
♥ We will start some new Christmas traditions of our own. I don’t have any idea what these might be, but I think they will be small and important.
♥ Regardless of any new traditions, I will still wake up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning, take coffees and a hot chocolate over to my parents, and hang out with them before the rest of the world wakes up.
But in the meantime, I’m waiting for these temperatures to get back into the 60s, at least. It’s still only October! And I’m totally not wishing the days away. I’m just proactively dipping into my Christmas spirit.