Hello December! The holiday season is in full swing, the Christmas tree Instagrams are rolling in, and it’s time to start planning our winter-ish festivities. I’m really feeling this is gonna be a good year. Here are a few things we’ve got on the agenda for making the most of Christmas 2014 in San Diego:
✓ December Nights at Balboa Park
Kick off the season with lots of holiday spirit (and insane crowds) at December Nights, one of San Diego’s most popular holiday events. It’s a smorgasbord of art, culture, and general Christmas cheer. There’s live music and performances, food and gifts from all different parts around the globe, and the museums are open late too.
✓ Craft Himmeli ornaments for the tree
These geometric ornaments were super fun and easy to make.
✓ Throw another awesome ugly sweater white elephant party
For the last couple years, I’ve hosted ugly sweater parties centered on watching a horrible movie. Last year we watched the Star Wars Holiday Special, and in previous years we’ve done horror films like Santa’s Slay, Jack Frost, and even an Evil Dead II zombie themed Christmas party.
✓ See the lights at the zoo
Renew our San Diego Zoo passes and walk around at night during Jungle Bells when the park is open late and illuminated with colorful animal lights.
• Buy new leather pants
To rock with oversized sweaters all winter long.
✓ Bundle up and head out to Julian
Grab some legendary apple pie and do a little antiquing in the historic mining town. And maybe see some snow if we’re lucky (my favorite part about living in Southern California is having the perfect warm weather all year round and crisp mountain air just an hour away when we need it).
✓ Concoct a new Christmas cocktail
I’m thinking a hot buttered rum, or a festive white russian.
✓ Partake in our traditional annual Elf fort night
Every year we get together with friends, build a blanket fort in the living room, and watch Elf inside it — like all 20-something & 30-year-olds should.
• Sew our own stockings & fill them with fun little gifts
My mom always gave me fancy new underwear for Christmas and it was my favorite, haha. Dave might be getting some underwear in his stocking this year…
✓ Shop local
Buy gifts from small businesses in our artsy little neighborhood of North Park.
• Celebrate Krampusnacht
Really bummed we won’t be able to make it up to any of the Krampusfest events in LA again this year. But if you’re in SoCal, check out some of the happenings in celebration of the folkloric Christmas devil.
✓ Throwback with Christmas(-ish) movies we haven’t watched in ages
We started with Batman Returns and Home Alone. Next up… Just Friends and Edward Scissorhands.
Now I want to know what you guys have going on this season! Any unique plans, favorite holiday movies, long-standing traditions, or go-to recipes for the best Christmas cookies? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!