It’s officially Advent tomorrow – even if it’s not quite December, but that pretty much means I can now unashamedly inundate you with posts about Christmas! (Okay, maybe just this one. MAYBE another one closer to the 25th.)
Sweet finally caved after I’d wrapped 2/3 of our presents and they’d been piled on the coffee table for weeks, and let me put up our little tree. I’ve never had a real tree like my friends, or an 8 ft high pre-lit monster of festivity to take over the room like my dad – but my little 4 ft one comes out of its box every year, perches on a table with a little red tablecloth, an excited Rose Kitten pawing at it, and gets decorated with baubles and bows from the dollar store (goodness, I’m starting to sound like Charlie Brown here). This Christmas may be our second one together, but it’s our first proper one living together in our own little house, so I decided the tree deserved an upgrade.
We bought a nice big long string of lights – the twinkly, warm, environmentally unfriendly ones because they’re so much more cosy than the LEDs. We bought Proper Decorations that cost more than a two dollars. (Except they came without hooks or strings – point?? – so we had to improvise with paperclips. I swear that’s the only ghetto part of the tree this year.) We bought bows and garlands and even some really meaningful ornaments that’ll serve to remind us how blessed we are, and to do what we can to help others. I lucked out on amazing wrapping paper and spent an evening curling ribbons to a collection of indie Christmas music (I’m allowed to bring out the indie versions before December – I’m hoping to get around to posting a mini indie Christmas mix! – but next week, bring on Josh Groban).
My dad always asks me for a Christmas list every year, and the last couple of years, my lists have really made me feel like I’m getting old! Over the last couple of Christmases I’ve asked for (and received!) an electric hand mixer, canisters to store teabags and sugar, a crock pot, a rice cooker, and a sewing machine. What happened to gizmos and music and makeup and clothes? Looking at this year’s list, I tried to make things a little less quarter-life crisis and a little more fun.
This Star Trek T-shirt from the amazing ThinkGeek.com. Or just a gift voucher for their whole online shop, because everything is way too awesome. Especially the office supplies 🙂 This Doctor Who one is pretty cool too.
Yes, I found it on giftsforblokes.com – I don’t care!! I want one!
Books! Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry, Terry Pratchett’s new one The Unseen Academicals, Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked and The Lovely Bones are all on my wishlist. I plan on reading way more in 2010 than I did this year, and these all sound like very good books to take with me to the Dominican in January.
Games! Because Sweet and I live together now, we can get each other something we’ll actually use together: A WII. So I asked for rock band and karaoke revolution.
A cheap laptop, so I can go be a Starbucks blogger, a ceramic curling iron, ‘cause I’ve never owned a curling iron and I think it’d be fun, and gift vouchers for restaurants, because nothing beats a nice night out. Not a utensil in sight!
Now we’re living together, we’re also starting our first holiday traditions. Last year we snuggled in my little apartment and watched Love, Actually (incidentally the first movie we ever saw together at the cinema) and The Polar Express next to our little ghetto tree. I also made a batch of hot butter rum batter for warm drinks. We’ll be doing the same this year, and throwing in a holiday (/engagement, since we never had one) party with friends, drinks, games and good times – and one year to go until we officially tie the knot this time next year! I love starting traditions, and I love the anticipation of them when December approaches. A personal one of mine every year? Cranking up No Use for a Name’s punk rock cover of the best Christmas song ever.
What are some of your holiday traditions? And what’s on your list this year?