Winter To-Dos and Decluttering
Some more digitizing and decluttering articles for your New Year.
Winter Fun List
~Make this recipe for mac ‘n’ cheese
~Homemade hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows
~Go ice skating
~Make a snowflake garland
~Make a snow globe on a pedestal
~Get a Chick-fil-a peppermint milkshake
~Watch the Winter Olympics (I’d totally forgot that was this year)
~Make and collect snowmen decorations
Christmas and Winter Questionnaire Day One: Beginning Christmas
I borrowed questions and ideas from: here, here, and here. I divided my list into 6 days.~Do you send Christmas cards?Sometimes, the pretty ones that come in sets, not the ones with family photos. I like getting those from friends who we’ve not seen in awhile, but I like sending the elegant artistic ones.~When does Christmas start?Well, my family starts with Hallmark right after Halloween. This year I didn’t start watching until after Thanksgiving. I’d prefer it to start in December and then end on the 12th day of Christmas January 6th. I think we have plenty of autumn holidays and few of winter, so there is no need to rush into and then rush out of Christmas.
~Do you have an advent calendar?
I outgrew our family one. The three youngest still attached the stuffed decorations on the fabric tree. I kind of did a Christmas activity countdown this year, but its a mix of that and a fun list, so I haven’t followed it exactly. I’d like to find or make one I can make into a tradition.~What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?All of them.~What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?I’m not sure I’d really ever prefer to travel on a holiday, but perhaps after or before when people still have the decorations up. Some traditional village or city with lovely decorations maybe?~What is your most memorable holiday moment?Right now, I cannot really think of a moment. We had two memorable Christmases recently, once when my brother got engaged, three years ago, and then when he got married a few days before Christmas two years ago.~What makes the holidays special for you?Family, traditions, the sensory experience, Hallmark, gifts, I love the entire experience!!!!!~How did you grow up thinking about Santa?My dad is the Grinch, Scrooge, and the Christmas Corrector, and I don’t think Mom loved the Santa myth. We weren’t taught to believe in Santa, we just enjoyed the various Christmas stories. I never cared overmuch for Santa himself, I just loved all the stories about Christmas.~Can you name all his reindeer?Nope. Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blizen, Rudolph. Are there 13 with Rudolph or 11? I should look that up.~Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?
There is nothing wrong with “Happy Holidays,” except it is incredibly generic and boring. “Merry Christmas” is fun to say plus far more specific. And “merry” is quite expressive of Christmas specifically.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Questions for day one if you want to participate:
~Do you send Christmas cards?
~When does Christmas start?
~Do you have an advent calendar?
~What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
~What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
~What is your most memorable holiday moment?
~What makes the holidays special for you?
~How did you grow up thinking about Santa?
~Can you name all his reindeer?
Winter Bucket List
~Make shimmery snowflake garland with silver thread. Surely I can manage this.
~Bake several goodies. I’ve a couple baking books plus tons of bookmarks.
~Try some hot chocolate recipes. I’d really like to try some of the gourmet ones I’ve saved.
~Cook through a cookbook. This one; I love it.
~Read well. I want to be well on my way to my goal. I already am I think, but pride before the fall, lol.
~Learn to play Scotland Yard (if not also Mr. X, Whist, and Bridge).
~Work on music category. Learning, appreciating, etc.
~Begin serious genealogy. I can do plenty to prep before I pay I think.
~Wedding projects and purchases (by March 30). I haven’t got my dress and want to keep my eye out but not become to delayed.
~Have some spa days. I’d like to use up some products plus try a few recipes.
~Go ice skating. We’ll see.
~Complete Duolingo Spanish. Since I’m down to learning one language, this is reasonable.
~Watch a bunch of movies from my list. I just need to order a bunch from the library and this should be easy.
~Alter my sister’s bridesmaid dress. We all get to pick our dresses; they have to be short and blue or gray, so my three little sisters have theirs. The one I need to alter is a sheath, and I will be taking in the darts.
~Complete tons of knitting and a few sewing projects
~Work on my art journal. I’ve done a bit with my amazing new calligraphy pens, but I need to be more creative in my entries.
~Complete some art via classes. (Craftsy, Creativebug, and several YouTube channels).