This week’s Tuesday Tidbits is devoted to all the things I am excited to do this holiday season!
1. Our annual holiday party. Ever since we moved to D.C. in 2006 we have always hosted some kind of holiday party in December. This year is no different, though we are trying something new this year. Instead of hosting it at our place as we always have, we are renting a portion of a restaurant for our party this year. Can’t wait!
2. Getting a Christmas tree and decorating our condo.Mission accomplished this past Saturday!
3. Watching my favorite Christmas movies, which include All I Want for Christmas, Home Alone 1 & 2, The Holiday and Love Actually. I was able to watch two of these movies over the long Thanksgiving break, Home Alone and All I Want for Christmas. I was in heaven.
4. Christmas music. Enough said.
5. Holiday shopping for family and friends. I am proud to say I am almost done with this huge feat. I only have a couple of people left to buy things for.
6. New York City trip. I love New York at Christmastime. It is so festive, so beautifully decorated, and so magical. Ever since I moved to D.C., I have been fortunate to be able to make a trip up to NYC every December, except twice. Both times I kept it pretty close to the Christmasy time frame because I went in mid-to-late January for a friend’s birthday. The city still had the holiday feel to it so that was nice. It’s looking like this year I may have to do a January trip instead of a December trip, at least as of now. There just aren’t enough weekends in December!
7. Seeing the ice exhibit at Gaylord National Harbor. We went to this exhibit a couple of years ago when the theme of the exhibit was How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Everything is made of ice and to preserve all the sculptures in the exhibit it is below freezing so everyone has to wear huge parkas that are provided. It’s also really cute to see kids of all ages having fun looking at everything and sliding down human-sized frozen slides that are part of the exhibit. Who am I kidding? I had fun doing it! This year’s theme exhibit is Shrek the Halls. For more information go here.
8. The gift of giving. Every Christmas I try to find a charity that will allow me to buy a Christmas present or presents to a underpriveleged child. DONE! We have been assigned two brothers to buy presents for through the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” Program.
9. Ice skating at Canal Park. This is something new to the typical list. As you know, my hood just got a new ice-skating rink.
10. Dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse one night in December. This is also a new addition to the list. Sometime last month, I got it in my head that I just had to have a delicious, albeit gluttonous, meal here one night in December. I think it has something to do with the fact that my old boss at a previous job used to take his employees here for a Christmas lunch and I always loved it. Sure the food was good, but the atmosphere and ambiance was so warm and cozy and festive for the holidays. There is something about leaving the warmth of your home, traveling in the cold, and arriving here to stuff yourself silly with their tasty bread, appetizers, entrees, and desert – and maybe enjoying a glass of wine or two with wreaths and poinsettias all around you…