The holidays can often be a time of consumption. This year I’m trying to reduce the amount that we consume.
NO HOLIDAY CARDS. I made an e-card that I’ll be sending out this week. Between envelopes and the fact that half the holiday cards I’d send out would probably ultimately end up in the recycling bin (or worse — the trash!!), it doesn’t seem worth it to me to waste the paper. And if anyone is dead set on having a hard copy of the card I made, they can print it out themselves. I think this will reduce a lot of waste.
This year we are also choosing not to travel. With family in New York and California, I’ve had to travel almost every holiday season since moving from New Jersey in 1997. This year, we’re not even going to New York. We’re staying put, enjoying our time off in Boston, and relaxing.
Matt and I are not exchanging gifts this year. I also told Matt not to get me anything for my birthday in September. There’s nothing that I really want or need right now. Instead of exchanging gifts, we’re just going to out for dinner. Plus, our anniversary is in September, my birthday is in September, and Matt’s birthday is in November. I feel like the last few months of the year we have a lot of reasons to exchange gifts…so, we may as well skip Christmas. We’re still celebrating the holidays, but I don’t really feel like I need anything. I don’t think Matt does, either.Filed under My Life, Organic Living/Environment/ETC | Comment (0)
In my memory, I can only remember one White Christmas. And it wasn’t pretty. It was wintry mix, and it was nasty, icy, and miserable. I was 12, I think, and I had gotten a bunch of Beach Boys tapes for my birthday a few months earlier so I was listening to them on my Walkman as my dad navigated the icy roads.
Growing up in the New York and New Jersey (and when I was in California spending the majority of the holiday seasons in NY), you’d think I would have experienced more White Christmases than that. One of my favorite Christmas songs is “White Christmas”, but the uppity jolly version from the scene in “Home Alone” where Kevin is grooming himself. (As opposed to the moody croony Bing Crosby version) So…a White Christmas, is it too much to ask?
Well, according to Accuweather AND Weather.com…2008 might be the year where I can experience a White Christmas. It snowed today, it’s going to snow on Friday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and possibly next THURSDAY a.k.a. Christmas! Even if it doesn’t snow, I’m sure there will be substantial snow on the ground.
Friday’s storm sounds like it has the potential to be a doozy, too!Filed under nostalgia, snow, weather | Comment (0)
We used to watch it every Thanksgiving growing up. The house smelled of turkey and my sister and I would be watching the parade and drawing while watching the floats go past.
We only went to the parade once. It was probably one of the coldest Thanksgivings I remember. I was 13 and we got up early to get on the train. We found a spot towards the beginning of the parade so it wasn’t as crowded. I remember climbing up on the base of a lamp post to see the parade better. Snoopy was always my favorite float.
Right behind where we were standing, there was a coffee shop, so we went in there and drank hot chocolate while watching the parade from the inside.
I don’t watch the parade often now, but today I’ve been watching. The best part was that the PARADE GOT RICKROLLED! And it was awesome. Some puppet even said, “I love Rickrolling!” I had to sit through Miley Cyrus but it was worth it.Filed under Music, nostalgia, videos | Comment (0)