Hello all! So as you all know, I’m busily working away at my first semester of university – henceforth why the blog is well… dun dun duuuunnnn, as of late.
I know it can be hard to stay positive as winter sets in – nothing like dry skin, staticky hair, and permanently cold feet to make you feel quite dull. But look on the bright side of things! Only just over a month until Christmas [meaning only a few more days before it’s entirely acceptable to play Christmas carols at any time]! I’m personally excited for that eight hour plane ride home for the holidays. After spending four months nonstop in university residence – eating meal hall food, and dealing with one-ply ridden communal bathrooms – there is not much else I want to do except see more of my family than their heads and necks [over Skype], be able to cuddle my darling kittens, and have a good long chat with my Daisy-dog. Not only do I get to go back to my beloved west coast, my family, and my animals; but I also get to partake in my favourite Christmas activities!
So in the spirit of keeping things positive, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite new things about the holidays so those of you who aren’t so into the whole concept of winter can keep the holidays in mind as something to look forward to! [
Some people have old traditions that they do every year, but new traditions can be fun too! And yes, there are such things as new traditions, because they have to start somewhere. My favourite new holiday tradition is the musical production of White Christmas. It’s been part of my holidays for 2, going on 3, years now! The first year I played Betty Haynes in my high school’s production of it, then last year I went to see it done by the Arts Club in Vancouver – ours was good, but those Arts Club performers tap dance like fiends! I love the festive air in the theatre around that time, getting to get all dressed up in my fancy going-out wear, and watching people sing and dance and celebrate the holidays!
Another thing my family started doing last year was celebrating Solstice! It’s a super fun holiday where our whole town gets together at the community hall and has a big feast, and the kids from the school sing Christmas carols, and people just enjoy each other’s company. Then we all go outside and light a big ol’ bonfire, and use sparklers, because Solstice is all about making light on the darkest day of the year. It’s a fabulous time!
Of course my favourite part of the actual Christmas part of the holidays is giving gifts. Of course I like to receive them, but my very sweet friend taught me [subconsciously – he wasn’t actively trying, I don’t think] just how satisfying gift giving can be! A few Christmases ago I painstakingly sought out the perfect gift for my [ex] boyfriend [now that very sweet friend], and when I found the perfect thing [in mid-November] it took all my self-control not to just spill the beans and give it to him. The self-control won in the end, and the look on his face showed me just how much I really love giving people wonderful, thoughtful, personal gifts. Who knew you could learn so much from a skateboard deck!
This year, might I recommend giving your gifts a little differently? Last year my sister and I decided to wrap our gifts in brown paper and make pretty little decorations for the wrapping ourselves. It was an inexpensive, really fun and creative way to make our gifts even more meaningful. I also learned how to make reindeer garlands that day, so now I’m obviously Martha Stewart’s heiress. I’ve also heard of people wrapping gifts in newsprint, or scarves, or other creative little ways. I think I’m going to give some thought to cute reusable packaging this year!
So there are a few things that keep me excited for the snowy, wintery days ahead of us! Well, snowy here on the east coast – probably quite rainy and mild on the west coast. I hope y’all feel inspired for the Christmas season, and I’ll be back with more holiday and final exam inspired posts later – get stoked, finals are the BEST PART OF UNIVERSITY.***
*** I don’t actually know this for sure – I haven’t experience finals yet. I feel like I might be being sarcastic, though. No guarantees! I will let you know.