Tis' The Season, Here's Your Bucket List For December

Tis' The Season, Here's Your Bucket List For December

There's only 31 more days left in the year, let's make them count!

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Now that Thanksgiving is finally over and December is in full-force, it's officially the season of Christmas. As the weather becomes cold and dreary, it's hard to stay in the holiday spirit. Keeping December filled with fun activities and time well-spent with friends can turn that frown upside down. So with that, here are several fun activities to bring holiday cheer.

1. Go On a Coffee/Hot Chocolate Date

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Nothing is more fun and simple than taking your besties or significant other out to the local café for a cup of hot chocolate. If you aren't into this sweet drink, settle for a cup of coffee!

2. Do Some Baking!

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Turn on your favorite Christmas movie and bake some sweet treats with friends or family. Some movie suggestions are "The Family Stone", "Four Christmases", "Elf", and "The Polar Express".

3. Ice skating

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With the Downtown Minneapolis Depot no longer open(for all my minnesotan readers) means I must find a new favorite ice skating spot this season. Grab some friends and lace up your skates!

4. A Walk In The Snow

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It might be freezing outside, but when that beautiful first snowfall hits, nothing is better than going on a walk to soak up all its beauty.

5. Decorate, Decorate, and Decorate!

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Christmas calls for new decorations! Pack away those pumpkins and leaves, bring out the ornaments and Christmas lights! Don't forget the best part, decorating that tree!

6. Go Sledding

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Honestly, I don't know why more people don't go sledding, especially in Minnesota. There are so many different hills and parks you can go for free. Also, it's a good workout if you're stuck in that awful winter slump.

7. Pick Out a Christmas Tree

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Personally, I use the same artificial tree I've had since I was a child, but if you're into the real deal, there are great places to pick out your perfect tree in the Twin Cities.

8. Make Christmas Crafts

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I love having a day where my mom and I flip through old Martha Stewart December issues and make small christmas decorations & other holiday crafts. Several things you can make are garlands, stockings, and sugar scrubs.

9. Throw a Holiday Party

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Invite your friends and family over for a festive holiday party! Go all out from the plethora of desserts to the gorged out cheese plates. There's no time to count calories during this time of the year, anyway.

10. Go Shopping

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This year, I'm making my friends and families presents, so I won't be doing the usual shopping extravaganza. It's fun to go to the local mall and see all the christmas decorations splattered everywhere. As well as, the gigantic christmas tree usually placed in the middle of the mall

11. Go to Holidazzle

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I grew up going to the Holidazzle parade every year. The parade had its final year in 2013, changing traditions for everyone. It's name is still around though, which include winter events and vendors. This year in Minneapolis, MN Holidazzle is located in Loring Park; it's open Thursdays-Sundays starting on November 23rd and going until December 23rd.

I hope you've gathered fun ideas to fill the rest of your year with, please enjoy this holiday season!

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1. Baseball.

2. Apple pie.

3. Mount Rushmore.

4. Our welcome sign.

5. NASCAR.

6. BBQs.

7. Camping.

8. Country music.

9. Reality TV.

10. Sweet tea.

11. Groundhog Day.

12. Stephen Colbert.

13. Shark Week.

14. Fireworks.

15. Pickup trucks.

16. The Superbowl.

17. John Wayne movies.

18. Boy/Girl Scouts.

19. PB&J sandwiches.

20. Uncle Sam.

21. Captain America.

22. Blue jeans.

23. Beer.

24. John Deere.

25. Coca Cola.

26. McDonald's.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


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