Listen to Christmas music. While Christmas is here, I must listen to ALL the Christmas music. Loreena McKennitt, Over the Rhine, Act of Congress, and of course all the old classical stuff like this.
Bake Christmas cookies. Like these butterballs. So named because that’s what you’ll turn into if you eat more than two.
MAKE SAUSAGE BALLS. Ms. Betty, my piano teacher always made these for the reception after our yearly Christmas recital. And I have finally found the key to perfection: sour cream.
4. Read Flavia and the Christmas Angel, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and “The Gift of the Magi,” and T.S. Eliot’s Ariel Poems.
5. Go ice skating. At an outdoor ice skating rink. TOMORROW.
Find an Advent daily reader. Check it. Henri Nouwen, Kathleen Norris, Annie Dillard, and more amazing writers.
7. Make peppermint bark. I have never made really good peppermint bark. This is the year that changes. Or the year that I decide to just buy Ghirardelli’s bark already.
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life. “George Bailey, I’ll love you til the day I die.” Happy sigh.
9. Attend live Christmas music. This can’t be crossed off yet, but I do have tickets to the Act of Congress Christmas show at Workplay this Saturday, which is the best thing I could ask for next to seeing a live performance of Handel’s Messiah in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Well. That got specific.
10. Watch Elf … and A Muppet Christmas Carol . . . and Home Alone 2.
11. And Die Hard.
Decorate for Christmas. My mom let me pick out an ornament every year when I was growing up so that I would have a collection when I started my own home. Michael also brought a box of Christmas ornaments and trinkets with him, and I love that our tree is a combination of our growing up years. I’m continuing the ornament-a-year tradition, choosing an ornament that represents the year for us. This year’s ornament? A blown glass blue police box, London style.