I’ve said it before, I really, really love lists. The “To Do” kind are the ones I use most often, but I don’t discount the Wish List. (Raise your hand if you have an interactive Wish List saved on your desktop). Not only do these bulleted babies keep me on track during the work-day (things I have to do), but they can serve as helpful tools in my personal life too (things I want to do).
I moved to New York City in 2008. Two years later, I had never been to Battery Park, the Empire State Building, or even laid eyes on Miss Liberty herself. Ridiculous. SO, I whipped up a “NYC To Do List” to avoid a lifetime of kicking myself for missing out on some classic New York experiences. Did I cross off everything on the list by the time I left? Obviously, no. But my list motivated me to actually do some stuff, like eat at Freeman’s, take a sunset cruise on the Hudson, and ride a bike around Central Park. NYC, I miss you.
With these memories in mind, I decided to make a Holiday To Do List full of things I’d like to do by year’s end. That gives me just about a month and a half to do ten things! Here it goes:
1. Purchase and decorate a Christmas tree. I wanted to do this on Saturday, but Drew said it was “too early”. The grinch.
2. Master a pumpkin recipe. I normally avoid Paula’s recipes, but these Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes should just happen. That’s right. An entire box of powdered sugar.
4. Give myself a holiday mani. How pretty are these? Have a feeling I don’t have the patience, but I can try.
5. Start a tradition. We have our own little family now, and in 5o years, it’d be fun to say “We started doing (insert amazingly creative tradition here) the very first year we were married.“
6. Start and FINISH a holiday craft. Maybe a wreath like this one from West Elm?
7. Host a holiday party. And serve the cocktails that Erin Gates posted yesterday.
8. Send out Christmas cards.
9. Wrap gifts (and not beg my mom to do it on Christmas Eve).
10. Start a collection of… something. My mom has collected really pretty, handmade Santas for years. Hoping I see something I like this year, so that I can start a collection of my own.
I can’t WAIT to get started. Wish me luck!