The winter holidays are fast approaching and I’m excited to have a lot less work on my plate from December 19th to January 2nd. I plan to use my downtime to have as much fun as possible and make the most of the holiday season. So, if you are looking for me over the next few weeks, you will find me doing one of the following!
-Find a healthy version of hot cocoa.
I’m a year round hot chocolate/cocoa addict. Even in July, I love a cup of piping hot chocolate. During the year, I really limit how much cocoa I consume but in December, it is normally a free for all. This year I am going to try to find the healthiest option for my cocoa obsession.
–Have Christmas portraits taken of John and I.
I already ordered our Christmas (post) cards for the year and for the first time in years, I didn’t include a photo of the two of us. There just seems to be way too much going on so I was focused on getting the cards out before they were bordering on late. I still want to take the time to pose for some portraits with John this holiday season though. I have been behind my camera non-stop, making sure that so many families have amazing holiday memories but it is important to make my own as well!
-Spend a whole night light seeing.
Living in Orlando is like winning the Christmas lottery. As far as décor and lighting go, no one but the Big Apple can get on our level. I plan to check out the lights in all the theme parks and attraction areas all over Orlando. I am especially excited for the Osborne Family Lights!
-Watch a months worth of Christmas movies.
John and I originally planned to watch a Christmas movie every single day of December but our crazy schedules over the past week have prevented that from happening. This Saturday, before I photograph a wedding, we will probably have a mini movie marathon and Sunday afternoon we will probably watch a movie or two as well.
-Have a Christmas cookout.
Here in Florida, winters are almost non-existent. I normally spend the fall and winter months traveling to colder climates as often as possible but in 2015, John and I will be doing the bulk of our traveling in spring so I decided to make the best out of the weather here. Having a Christmas cookout seems like the best way to fully embrace our non-winter winters.
The heart of this season is kindness and love. It’s really important to remember to give back this season and the rest of year as well. This holiday season, I plan to keep up with my volunteering at Give Kids the World. I also would like to help out with a few local organizations that help homeless people find jobs and affordable housing.
-Start a new tradition.
I love starting one new tradition every year. Whether it’s big or small, a new tradition is a way to create great memories and look forward to a bright future.
-Build a gingerbread house with my Goddaughter.
My Goddaughter came over last year to build a gingerbread house during the holidays, and we had a blast! I can’t wait to try it again this year and see how her house compares to last year’s.
-Bake and decorate Christmas cookies.
I have Ninja cookie cutouts and I want to put them to good use!