When all else fails: Christmas!

Hiya! So, it is 34 days left until Christmas! What-the-what! As someone who usually starts counting down from 100 days before Christmas, I thought it’d be finally time to address it. This year it doesn’t quite feel the same, which I know has essentially all to do with the state of my brain, but it’s never too late to get the little Christmas cheer back on the road! I’m sure we all need it.

In order for me (but mostly my friends and relatives — but then again who am I kidding) to really get into the mood, I’ve made a very short & sweet Spotify playlist. And the big Christmas-movies binge will commence soon too! On my list are the annual favourites: Home Alone, The Holiday, Arthur Christmas, Love Actually and The Muppets Christmas Carol. Obviously.

And thank goodness for all the annual plans, so that I can try and distract myself with fun things instead of well, the not fun things I can’t properly deal with at the moment. To get myself exited for December I’ve decided to make a run-down of the festivities I get to enjoy the coming month in the ‘read more’ section.

My first celebration will be Sinterklaas on the 3rd, which is a very loaded Dutch national holiday — basically like Santa Clause but with more ties to the not-so-good part of Dutch history. It’s really not my favourite, and a lot of people take offence because of the black-face costume going on (I really can’t disagree with them, I find it offensive too. Though that mostly started when a certain Sinterklaas brought up my just-passed-away cat when I was eight years old and I never liked the man again). But yes, Sinterklaas is a reason to come together, give gifts and roast each other in personalised and very bad rhyming poems. Fun!

Next up is the so-called “Christmas-drink-taste-test-and-game-night”-night, which is the second year in a row now. It’s something to do with trying out cocktails appropriate as aperitif at Christmas dinner and playing board games with the people around me who enjoy them the most: a.k.a. my brother, his girlfriend and my best friend. I’d like to think I’m big on board-games, but maybe I should just be honest and confess that I’m mostly there for the drinks… (and the lolz, obviously).

On the 16th of December it’s my 3rd annual Christmas get-together with my long-time girlfriends. Which just basically means there’ll be a lot of food, a lot of drinks and a lot of serious chats about the meaning of life and what colour lipstick suits your skin-tone best. This year I’ve decided to go vegan on the dinner, as one of my friends is vegan and I like challenges. I first thought maybe some vegan sukiyaki. But I’m actually thinking more about a 3-4 course meal.

And then, hardly a week later it’ll be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! The day of all days! The most wonderful time of the year! Hurrah!
We’ll be doing our annual many-course-dinner and I’ve been working hard on the menu. So maybe I’ll share some preparations on the blog. I’ll probably start making mulled wine from December 1st onwards. But the Christmas decorations will definitely be up this week! Do tell me, what are you excited about this Holiday Season? And what gets you into the spirit of Christmas? Do you have any to-do lists or annual occasions that happen only this time of year? And do you have a favourite holiday-drink?

Aaaaand, if you’d like a little Christmas-card exchange, do get in touch! :)

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