I don’t know if it’s the rain today in Oklahoma or the fact that Christmas is over, but I feel a little bummed. The decorations are back in my parent’s attic, the tree is packed away, and the Christmas music is no longer playing on a continual loop. The magic of the season has melted away. Anyone else feel this way?
Sitting on the couch today, I decided to not let the post-holiday blues get me down. So I made a list of a bunch of things to look forward to/make me feel happier now that Christmas and New Years are over.
1. No more crazy crowds at Target that make me wish for another plague.
When Christmas shopping was in full-bloom, I felt like I had to take a pack full of supplies and flares, just in case I wasn’t able to get through the checkout! Now, I’m in and out of Target in 10 minutes! Unless I stop in at the Dollar Spot. Then I’m stuck there for at least two days.
2. Gift cards!
Now that Christmas is over, we can all finally use up the gift cards we got! AND! Bonus: now that the holidays are over, there are so many sales and clearances because retailers are getting ready for the spring lines!
3. I have my weekends/weekdays back!
From the third week in November until the first week of January, Huff the Hubs and I typically have four engagements to go to—just on the weekend. I’m so glad that now that the holidays are over, we can have our weekends back for lazing around the apartment, going to a movie, or walking to CVS for pints of Blue Bell Ice Cream.
4. Regularly scheduled programming.
Don’t get me wrong, I love TBS’s twenty-four hours of A Christmas Story, Frosty, and Charlie Brown’s Christmas as much as the next girl, but I’m glad my shows are back! The Biggest Loser is finally back, as well as Downton Abbey, How I Met Your Mother, and my vamps will be back soon too! Yippee!
5. I can eat healthier.
When the holidays start, I can usually assume I’ll gain at least 3 pounds. Its so difficult to resist those tasty treats that only come around this time of year (hello, Mom’s rum cake, Oreo® balls, and cut out cookies!). Now that the treats are eaten and gone, I can get back to my normal eating habits and I won’t feel like Violet Beauregard.
6. Tax refund time.
Even though the fiscal cliff nonsense may make my refund check smaller, I’m still really looking forward to tax return time. Huff the Hubs and I are almost out of student loan debt (what up, gazelle-like intensity?!) and we really, really want to go to Europe this spring/summer. That check from Uncle Sam will definitely help us get to jolly ole England!
What about you? What are some things you’re happy about now that the holidays are done?