There are some Christmas traditions that I had been holding out for "when we had kids" as it just felt like overkill for two adults. For example, sending Christmas cards (I have never done it once! Not once!), or visiting Santa at ABC Carpet & Home (nope, never), or buying beautiful Christmas story books (there are many I would like and have never purchased), or collecting special decorations to make the home magical (no nativities, no advents, hardly any Christmas ornaments, no German pyramid candles). I guess with just the two of us, there is less of a tug to justify going all out on traditions that often involve children. Am I too practical? Yes, I think so. A complete humbug, probably. :)
SO - - - we kinda have to hold on for dear life to the few little traditions we DO have as a couple. Because we DO love celebrating. And we DO love Christmas. Here we go...
LIMONATA. This is my favorite drink. We hardly buy it these days, but when I was single I had flats of it from Costco in my refrigerator. When Danny would drive home to Boston late at night after visiting me in Brooklyn, I would always send him with a couple of these for the road. And now they have become a little treat we use to surprise each other.
A "STROLLING DAY" IN THE CITY. We looove to just walk through the city at least once during the holidays. We hit up the Christmas markets in Bryant Park and Union Square, enjoy all the storefronts, drink some hot apple cider, and buy some NYC Kettle Corn if I can find it.
|This year our "strolling day" in the city was even better with our darling niece. She was loving the drummers at 59th St.|
|And getting a piggy back ride in Central Park|
|And seeing all the gingerbread displays by local NY bakers at the Parker Meridien.|
CHRISTMAS MUSIC. Christmas music is definitely playing at our house before Thanksgiving.
BAKING. I absolutely love to bake holiday treats (in the healthiest way possible). This year my favorites have been these Sticky, Ooey, Gooey Paleo Cinnamon Rolls. This Paleo Pumpkin Pie. And the Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart that I modified from Smitten Kitchen. It's still a winner.
DELIVERIES FOR THE NEIGHBORS. We always tried to deliver some goodies to the neighbors in our building. This usually led to getting brownies at our door a few nights later. SO cute, right?
SATSUMAS. We just stock up on these like crazy and eat them like candy.
ELF & CHRISTMAS MOVIES. We both think the movie Elf is pretty much the cutest/funniest movie ever. We usually watch it while we're making Thanksgiving dinner.
SECRET SANTA. Each year we adopt a family or a child and be a secret santa for them. Even if I'm lazy or busy or frugal, I try to kick myself into gear and make this happen. Mostly we think of a family in the neighborhood and deliver something secretly.
FILET MIGNON. Oh my. I pretty much never had steak until I met Danny. But his filet mignon is quite a treat once a year. He once made it for all our friends at our Progressive Dinner.
PROGRESSIVE DINNER. For years and years we helped host one freaking awesome Progressive Dinner. Let me tell you that the Brooklynites we know can COOK and DECORATE. Holy smokes. We are definitely due to have one of these again.
Any Christmas tradition recommendations for us? We need some more ideas!! We're still pretty new at this phase of life.
P.S. If we were with Sila for Christmas, we'd be giving her a Christmas bath and snuggling her like crazy. She is the most affectionate dog ever. We miss her so much.