Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The 12 Dates of Christmas -- Technicolor Melodies

Date 2: Download a playlist of recommended "Jingle Jams" from NPR, bundle up in puffy jackets and go for a stroll through your neighborhood to see the Christmas lights. If it's really cold outside, burn the songs onto a CD, pack into your car and enjoy the lights in heated comfort. Don't forget your minty gum for all of the festive smooching that may ensue.

What you'll love: Sharing earbuds could be the funnest part (especially if you suffer a large height discrepancy like the Mr. and me). The Christmas spirit will be bubbling in your veins as you hum happy holiday melodies and judge your neighbors' levels of Christmas spirit and decorating prowess. You could even take a small pad of paper to rate the tackiness, comparing notes at the end of the night.

Cost: FREE!
Promise me one thing -- your playlist MUST include It's Christmas Eve in Washington. It's only fun if we suffer together.

(If you live in the neighborhood next to this house, I'm so jealous! Unless those lights are keeping you up at night, in which case I'm sorry.)

Please note my suggested 12 Dates of Christmas are meant to be economical, fun, off beat and celebrations of the love that should abound during the season (as opposed to the stress I tend to embrace.) You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a memorable holiday!

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2 comments:

Gel said...

Thats a great idea!! except I have a husband that can't walk!! We did take the kids in the car to see lights does that count!!!

The Manns said...

That song makes me laugh, in a grit your teeth kind of way. "Christmas Eve in Burke" coming to local radio stations soon. The town w/out a movie theater gets its own song.