This year has been different. As different as it could’ve been. Some of us are still mentally stuck in March, but that doesn’t change the fact that Christmas is just around the corner and today’s the first Sunday of Advent. In most countries, Christmas markets won’t happen this year, and social gatherings are reduced to a minimum.
But does that mean that Christmas is canceled? I don’t think so. In fact, I’m particularly excited about Christmas time this year. Why? Because I made a Christmas bucket list. Covid-friendly, of course!
So this is what I’m up to this holiday season:
1. Watch as many Christmas movies as possible
As I already mentioned on Instagram, my goal for this Christmas time is to watch as many Christmas movies as possible. Last year, I watched 18, even though I had a lot more on my agenda than I have at the moment, so beating this number is going to be an easy, yet fun task. In case you need some inspiration, you’ll find my top 10 Christmas movies in this post.
2. Try out new Christmas baking recipes
I looove the standard Christmas biscuits, but I want to try out some new recipes this year, including rascal cookies (Spitzbuben), gingerbread men, and pyramid cake (Baumkuchen). By the way, my all-time favorite food blog for absolutely anything is Minimalist Baker. They also have a list with 160 Christmas themed recipes, so there’s definitely something for every taste!
3. Make mulled wine
I rarely drink alcohol but mulled wine – if it’s not too strong – is among the few alcoholic drinks that I like. As far as I can remember, I never made mulled wine myself, even though it’s super simple. So it’s about time to change that!
4. Make apple cider
Hot apple cider is probably my favorite beverage that you can get at Christmas markets – yes, I think it’s even better than mulled wine. I’m going to use this recipe. Let’s see how it will turn out!
5. Take a walk around the neighborhood at night
This is something I always loved to do as a child – walking through the dark streets and watching beautifully decorated windows in the neighborhood. As I’ve gotten older, I neglected those walks more and more, but this year I will consciously make time for them more often again. I actually just came back from one of those walks as I’m writing this blog post.
I know, this was a huge trend in March during the first lockdown. Back then though I didn’t solve a single puzzle – and now that I think about it, I haven’t in many years – so it’s about time to catch up. I don’t even know whether or not my family owns a Christmas or at least winter-themed puzzle, but I guess I’ll find somebody who has one and is willing to lend it to me.
7. Make cranberry and popcorn garlands
To be honest, up until recently I didn’t even know this was a thing. For my fellow Europeans who didn’t know about it either, it’s an old American tradition. It definitely sounds like fun, so I’ll do it!
8. Go ice skating
The reason why this is the last point on my bucket list is that I’m not sure that this is going to be possible this year. Ice stadiums will surely stay closed for quite a while, if not even for the whole season, but I still have hopes that this is going to be a cold winter with many frozen lakes nearby!
I know, this is not the Christmas time we thought we would get, but let’s try to make it memorable in a good way!
HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!