The Fun Doesn't Have To End On the 1st: Continuing The Festivities

The Fun Doesn't Have To End On the 1st: Continuing The Festivities

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Tess Wilson
Jan 5, 2015
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Well, that was a whirlwind! Apparently it's now January and yet my festive to-do list remains a mile long. Let's take stock of all the winter fun we didn't manage to get around to... yet. I'm still planning to do all of the following:

Make An Evergreen Arrangement

There are still tree trimmings hanging about, pine needles still smell great, and it's still really brown and barren outside so any bit of life I can bring in the house is precious.

Make Pizzelles

I bought my mom a pizzelle iron one winter, and then treated myself to a stroopwafel iron a few Chanumases later. Now we can double our ornate flat buttery cookie production while remedying the deplorable lack of cookies on the premises.

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Send Cards

As I mentioned a while back, it's never too late to send imaginary holiday cards. Make up a holiday or revive a forgotten one and send appropriate cards to all your loved ones. Or inappropriate cards, depending on which holiday you settle on.

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Make Tamales

Tamales are one of my very favorite foods, it's impossible to find vegan tamales around here, I've never made them before, I've got time, tamales are traditional this time of year, and if it's a disaster nobody will know but me. Now is the time!

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Watch Christmas With The Simpsons I & II

Mr. Plow forever! The Simpsons didn't stop being awesome just because December ended— same rule applies to Better Off Dead (or your favorite holiday TV episodes and movies).

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Bake Something

I received The Great Scandinavian Baking Book a few years ago as part of my Norwegian Christmas, but have only made a couple of recipes so far. From everything I've read, my Norwegian ancestors made and consumed cakes, cookies, and breads 17 times a day, all day, all winter, so I'd better get to baking.

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Make Hoppin' John Burritos

Last year we made Hoppin' John for New Year's Eve, and then wrapped the leftovers in flour tortillas for New Year's Day lunch. This year, whenever we get around to it, we go straight for burritos.

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Take a (Post) Solstice Hike

We like to go for a hike every year on the solstice, but didn't manage to get out in December. No problem! It's still cold, the days are still short, and the bar by my favorite state park still makes excellent sweet potato fries.

What will you do to keep the holidays alive into the new year?

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