Happy Holidays

About a week ago, I got an e-mail from my mom that contained a photo of the nativity scene I grew up with. The caption read only this:

My Mary's a single mom. Seems like Joseph's head came off last year.

Nativity / Second Floor Flat

Wishing a happy holiday to you and yours, wherever you are, whatever you're doing, and regardless of head status.


Happy Holidays!

Because I like to make things as stressful as possible, we've decided to move to a new neighborhood in East London two days before I head home to Atlanta for Christmas.

Despite the fact that 1,000 things need to happen before Monday, I've somehow found plenty of time to look at blogs and movie trailers and pictures of Obama on my laptop. In fact, right now I'm doing the moving equivalent of Sloan Crosley's attempt to clean out her room in I Was Told There Would Be Cake.*

Needless to say, as soon as I have the energy to get up, I'll be offline for a few days. If you need me, I'll be wearing a similar outfit and falling asleep sleeping standing up from a food hangover like this Erin Fetherston girl.

Happy Holidays!


 Happy holidays!

*Note: if you haven't read Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There Would Be Cake, you should do it right now. Here's an excerpt that made me laugh out loud the first time I read it:

The day I get shot…will in all likelihood be the day before  laundry Sunday and the day after I decided to clean out my closet, got  bored halfway through, and opted to watch sitcoms in my prom dress  instead.

Top 5 Holiday Activities You Should Make Yourself Do

Whether you love or hate the holidays, you're probably pretty over hearing about them at this point. We're entering what I'll call Phase II of the holiday season, which begins as everyone starts to realize Oh, shitthat's about a week away.

So, whether you've chosen to acknowledge the holidays up to this point or not, here are a few holiday activites that seem obnoxious but are completely worth the effort:

1. Light candles—A good-smelling house is a priority. If you doubt that, just remember what it's like to walk into a room that smells bad. Holiday-scented candles are especially awesome and will also make you feel nostalgic.

You should probably try this LAND by LAND candle in Cedar:

Top 5 Holiday Activities You Should Make Yourself Do


2. Make cookies—'Nuff said. Remember that cookie decorating never hurt anyone so don't forget to go that extra mile, folks. We're talking sprinkles, icing in a tube, etc.

You should maybe make these gluten free chocolate chip cookies:

Top 5 Holiday Activities You Should Make Yourself Do


3. Listen to holiday music: I know, holiday music is everywhere you go, but a nicely-curated playlist can really hit the spot. A few highlights (with the videos to match):

Wham! Last Christmas  Side note: this video actually makes me kind of sad. Can't you just feel their unrequited love?

Band Aid - Feed The World This song is ridiculous and doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's one of The Best in my opinion

And a new spin on an old classic: dreamboat Jimmy Fallon* and The Roots do Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You

*Included: actual Mariah Carey and a kazoo

4. Turn on some lights—Unless you have a migraine, holiday lights will improve your mood. And that is the end of that conversation.

You should probably steal this idea from the Merchants Cafe, as posted by Miss Moss:

Top 5 Holiday Activities You Should Make Yourself Do


5. Do one (seemingly annoying) holiday activity: Hear me out on this one. Doing things like buying your own in-house menorah or advent calendar may seem fruitless, but continuing with traditions like this will make you feel better than you expect. So, see the Nutracker or go ice skating. It's totally worth it.

Here's a really nice and non-annoying holiday photo by Carissa Gallo from Kinfolk Magazine:

Top 5 Holiday Activities You Should Make Yourself Do


And if you don't feel up to any of these super-fun holiday activities, keep in mind that all of this will be over in two weeks. Happy holidays!

*If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and listen to Jimmy Fallon on Fresh Air