My new reality is setting in and my Christmas expectations are changing. And honestly, today might not be the best day for writing this post. I'm in a bit of a snit. My favorite, handmade Christmas hand towel only survived being on display for about 36 hours before it was ruined and now I'm acting like a three year old who's had their favorite toy taken away. I'm way over reacting and I know it. I'm just super frustrated by it.
But let me stop whining and talk about good things. My Christmas bucket list for this year. Many of our family's traditions will not be able to happen this year but to make up for it, we plan to go all out with the decorations. Thankfully my husband and daughter are seriously into decorating because it's not really my thing. I LOVE a well and wildly decorated house, but the actual decorating part of it isn't my thing at all.
Since we are no longer living in a 'neighborhood' and are now living on the edge of the Chickahominy swamp...
|wild mistletoe, photo compliments of commons.wikimedia.com|
Item #1 on my Christmas bucket list is to go out, search for and shoot down wild mistletoe. It's something I always did with my dad every year and I've missed it. From the time I was five or so up through my early teens, we'd go out into the woods each December and he'd shoot down mistletoe with, I guess, a BB gun. I know nothing about guns. It looked like a shot gun but only made a popping noise, not a big bang noise so I'm assuming it was a BB gun. Anyway, I'm planning to force my husband to do this with me. He's probably not going to be thrilled with the idea but too bad! It's the number one item on my wish list for this year and he has an arsenal of guns, many inherited from my dad. We're going mistletoe hunting!
Item #2 seems a little silly but I want to attend Kings Dominion's Winterfest. I miss working there, I want to see what's new this year and maybe see an old friend or two. Plus, I have free tickets and will probably never pay for tickets to go in future years. Besides, Sarah and I had fun last year. We'll have fun again this year. I think I'll skip the ice skating though. Walking around the park will be much more enjoyable without sore skater's legs. Perhaps I'll take some knitting in case Sarah wants to skate. I'd be happy to sit and watch her but I think the ice is definitely off limits for me this year.
|The Nutcracker, photo courtesy of ticketmaster.com|
Item #3 is to attend the Fathom Events viewing of the Nutcracker. Believe it or not, I've never seen it in it's entirety and Sarah has always wanted to see it performed on stage. Tickets for our local ballet run $200 to over $600 and we've never been able to afford to go. I feel like seeing it on the big movie screen is a somewhat okay compromise.
What about you? What's on your Christmas bucket list this year?