Christmas coincides with college applications for me as you all know. My fingers have typed 15,818 words this week (or 36 pages – but who is counting after 5 really?). Yet, I press on – yay me. Anyway, it’s Christmas for Pete’s sake, and Christmas is just outstanding if you ask me. Wow, there is a pretty bold statement.
Anyway, it seems like pretty much everything I’ve written this week has been preceded by a number so why should this post be any different? So with that, I give you my, “Top 8 things about Christmas because I can’t think of 10 things right now”:
8. The cookies. Please, angel crisps? Gingerbread men? Peppermint bark? Pure deliciousness, that needs no excuse to make from December 1st – 25th.
Why are making a mess in the kitchen mixing eight pounds of butter with ten pounds of sugar?
Because it’s Christmas.
7. Starbucks coffee
Eighteen gingerbread lattes, plus seven peppermint mochas, plus three eggnog lattes, equal twenty eight different variations of milk and coffee whipped, steamed, and syrup'd. Twenty eight times of feeling just a little jittery for an hour after consumption (some would say that was the caffeine, but I would claim it to be "Christmas Cheer"). And fifteen of those twenty eight times playing "Small/Tall" with Starbucks girl who is no fun anymore because she initiates the debate now. "Hey Mike, small gingerbread latte?" Ugh
6. Guys at the mall
December 23rd. Presents. Oh my gah – I have to get presents! I have to buy stuff people will like!!! What the hell am I going to buy?! Will a gift card work? I'm hungry.
And with those thoughts in mind, 1.2 million guys storm the mall at the same time to find presents that will either be re-gifted or used as grounds for divorce. We all stumble through the maze of stores, looking crestfallen and dazed as some poor girl working at Bath & Body Works tries to explain the difference between a peach scrub and a peach wash (peach scrub has little pieces of sand in it). What does it all mean? Why are there so many people here? I HATE SHOPPING! There is comfort in the fact that everyone else in the mall is feeling the same pains.
5. Ice skating
There is a place close to home called the Reston Town Center that offers an outdoor skating rink that is across from a Panera and a La Madeline. It’s lit perfectly, and for me, the rink just embodies holiday and is pretty much a sure thing if you have a date.
4. Hot chocolate
Not to be confused with coffee. Hot chocolate is what you drink after you play in the snow. I’m talking about SwissMiss and jet-puffed marshmallows, man. Does anyone else picture an Air Force pilot being handed a mallow in need of marshing? Probably not – but you will now.
3. Christmas lights
Really, does anything else need to be said? Of course not.
2. Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole
If you haven’t heard Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Frank, or The Christmas Song by Mistah King Cole, then you are no longer allowed to celebrate Christmas until you have. Seriously…you think this is a joke? I am not smiling about this – Frank Sinatra is no laughing matter. You will have yourself a merry little Christmas or I will punch you in the face.
1. Washington DC
No, it isn’t the best thing about Christmas – but it does give me a reason to post the pictures I took down there this week: