The holiday season is most certainly one of the busiest. There is so much to get swept up in: there’s finals, shopping, holiday parties, and the list goes on and on. I often find myself wishing for more hours in the day, but during the Christmas season, I find this feeling is even more prevalent in my life– I want to go see all the Christmas decorations, spend time with my family making cookies, go to every holiday party I can, spend nights in with hot chocolate and Christmas movies, and still manage my regular day-to-day life. It seems there is never enough time to do everything at the holidays. So, this season, I’m trying to make the most of the time that I have and be thankful for it. Today, I’m sharing what I’m most looking forward to in the rest of the holiday season.
What I’m looking forward to:
- Cookie making. I am so excited to be home and able to participate in my yearly tradition of baking Christmas cookies with my mom. I’ve written about how much this tradition means to me in the past, but I can’t reiterate enough how important this tradition is to me. It’s a time for my mom and I to be together, but also connects us to our loved ones who have passed on. It keeps them in the season with us.
- Seeing all the New York Christmas decorations. While I spend the majority of my time in Washington, D.C., I always say that my heart is in New York and that is especially true during Christmas. There is nowhere in the world where Christmas magic can be felt more than New York. I have wanted to go see the window decorations and the Rockefeller Center tree again for a couple years now, but have never made it into the city on time, but I’m definitely making that a priority this year.
- Christmas Eve dinner. If you’re an Italian-American, you will understand this one. There is no holiday that has as good of food as Christmas Eve, in my personal opinion. Every year, we go out to our favorite restaurant for their buffet that includes the Italian fishes, pastas, and zeppole for dessert. I also love Christmas Eve dinner because it is a really relaxed time for my family, where we just are able to enjoy being together without any stress.
- Spending time with friends and family. Going to school in a different city than I grew up in is absolutely amazing– I love the independence I have gotten from this experience. However, I definitely miss home, my friends, and my family when I’m away. I love Christmas because everyone is home, at least for a little while, and it is a great time to catch up with everyone.