Holiday To-Do List - The Surznick Common Room

Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday To-Do List

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, but I already feel like I've blinked and it's over. Did my birthday or Fall Day or Halloween even happen? And now, Thanksgiving is a mere six days away. There's no denying that the world around me is getting into the holiday spirit, and I suppose I am a bit too.

This year has been full of big changes for Nick and I, the biggest of course being that we purchased our first house and adopted two adorable kittens. We are so, so excited for this first holiday season in our home, but we want to make sure that we savor every moment of it before it's gone.

In an effort to be present this holiday, make memories, and go into 2017 feeling like December was an extra special month, we made a holiday to-do list (similar to our past summer to-do lists) with all of the things we want to make sure we do in the next several weeks. Here it is!

1. Bake cookies
This was always a huge event in my house growing up, and since living on our own, we've sort of dropped the tradition. I love to cook and bake, but properly baking holiday cookies always felt like too daunting of a task. This year, I've got my eyes set on some delicious cookie recipes, and having treats around for weeks and weeks. - N

2. Watch Sarah's childhood "Christmas tape"
When I was about 4 or 5, my mom recorded my favorite Christmas tv shows/movies and I love to re-watch this every year (yes, we still have a VCR for this purpose.) It includes A Garfield Christmas, Inspector Gadget Christmas, and more, but my favorite part are the commercials, which I still remember like it was yesterday. -S

3. Get a real Christmas tree
Since getting my first apartment and living on my own, I've had a faux tree that Nick and I have used year after year. Our first holiday in our house seems like the best time to get a real tree. I'm beyond excited. -S

4. Volunteer
Given the social climate, we want to make sure that we're taking care of not only each other, but also our communities near and far during this holiday season, and always. We're not exactly sure how/what we want to to devote some time to, so if you have any suggestions specific to the holiday season, please be sure to share them with us! -N

5. Hang lights and decorations outside
Considering the fact that we've only ever lived in apartments together, we've never had the opportunity to truly make our outside space festive for the holidays. I'm excited to spend some time making not only the inside of our home feel special, but dress up the outside as well. -N

6. Make homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning
Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning (from a tube) is kind of an unofficial tradition for me. I never realized how much I expected waking up to them on Christmas morning until a few years ago when we didn't have any. This year I want to make homemade, dairy-free rolls to eat around the tree. -S

7. Send out holiday cards
This is perhaps the most "adult" thing on this list. Sarah and I were fortuante enough last year to work with Staples to send out some holiday cards, and I really enjoyed it. We're hoping we can take matters into our own hands this year and keep it going! - N

8. Update our holiday playlist
A few years ago we made a "Pop Punk Christmas" playlist and yes, it's awesome (I mean... it includes a Jessica Simpson/Ozzy Osborne mashup of Winter Wonderland.) But a few of the songs have gotten boring to us over the years and we want to update it a little bit this year. This will be included. -S

9.  Craft our own holiday cocktail
When it comes to endulging in libations, I'm not usually a cocktail drinker. Though beer is my typical drink of choice, there's just something about the holidays that demands a cocktail. I want to pursue and perfect an original cocktail Sarah and I can call our own for those cold winter nights. - N

10. Take ACTUAL time off
Like, no work and no blogging time off. When we're not working our 9-5s, it feels like we are working on our blog every other waking hour of the day. While it's fun and rewarding and we love it - we're going to take an actual break to spend time with each other, sans MacBooks. - S

Sarah & Nick


  1. Guys - I LOVE this whole list! It's my first year in the new house too - so I'm trying to remember to take time and enjoy! If you want to share your volunteer activity in my link-up, let me know! I would love to have you included!

    1. Thanks, Kim! Just sent you an email :) I hope you enjoy the first holiday season in your house too!