It’s officially the Christmas season, which is hands down one of my favorite times of the year. This week’s Fandom 5 is all about holiday recs, so I thought I’d recommend my top 5 favorite things to do around the holidays. Check it out!
Holiday Treats: Fudge
There is absolutely nothing better than chocolate, and I love making fudge around Christmas. I use a recipe that my grandpa has been making for years. I grew up thinking this was a “secret family recipe”, but it turns out you can find the recipe on the back of a thing of Jet Puff Marshmallow Creme.
…it’s still super yummy though…
Holiday Pastime: Find the House with the Craziest, Gaudiest Christmas Light Display in the City
I love looking at Christmas lights, and while that’s always a fun tradition, my favorite house is finding the house that Christmas threw up on. Every neighborhood is different. Maybe your crazy Christmas house has covered every inch in some sort of Christmas light (much to the chagrin of their neighbors, I’m sure). Maybe yours has a crazy light show set to a Christmas song played by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Maybe yours looks like the homeowners went to the outdoor Christmas decoration section in Wal-Mart, and shouted at the cashier, “I’LL TAKE ONE OF EACH!” Either way, it’s always a fun game to find the house that takes the Christmas cheer a teensy bit too far.
Holiday Movies: White Christmas
I have a few films on my Christmas movie list, but White Christmas is always one of the first films I watch to kick off the holiday season. This movie has great music and dance numbers, and is everything I love about old musicals. A lighthearted story, fun costumes, and since it doesn’t beat you over the head with Christmas, it’s the perfect way to ease yourself into the season.
Christmas Activities: The Nutcracker
It’s just not Christmas without The Nutcracker. While I personally haven’t been able to see an actual production of it for a while (I’d really love to get to this year, but I’m not sure it’s in the cards), for the past three years I’ve taken part of my ballet studio’s bizarre but fun version of The Nutcracker. So whether you’re seeing the show or putting helping out with a production, it just never feels like Christmas to me without The Nutcracker.
Top Christmas Time Tip: Maintain High Levels of Coziness
The biggest thing about Christmas time, at least where I live, is that the weather begins taking a serious nose dive. It gets cold, y’all. So the key to making Christmas great is keeping cozy. Warm blankets and toasty drinks are key this time of the year. Nothing is better than getting to hang out, warm and toasty, inside your house while it snows like crazy outside.
What fandoms are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments, and as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!