Usually, I'd be raring to deck my halls with various holiday paraphernalia, but this year I'm opting to focus on school instead. The halls will have to wait.
Luckily, there are a few things that definitely get me into the holiday spirit, without all the grunt work of digging out my decorations.
The smell of mandarin oranges. I'm not a huge orange fan myself (it's a texture thing, love the taste, not fond of the texture, I will still eat them, but I don't LOVE them). Jason bought a box for himself at the grocery store, and every time he eats one, the smell makes me feel Christmas-y.
The fireplace channel on our Bell satellite. Last year it played holiday tunes as well, this year it seems that it's just the sound of a crackling fire ... still OK by me though. Chucking that channel on and listening to holiday tunes while wrapping presents ... definitely makes me feel Christmas-y.
I've already mentioned the Starbucks addictions that I've fallen prey to, flavoured as they are with festive merriment and goodness. They make me feel Christmas-y.
Seeing the Tim Horton's holiday cups around school. Also ... makes me feel Christmas-y.
I'm so excited about our donation drive for adopt-a-family beginning this week. I'm pretty sure that this will give me the ultimate Christmas-y feeling.
Unfortunately, when I'm feeling especially Christmas-y, all I want to do is bake, which both takes time away from studying, and adds unnecessary layers to my butt ... I will have to resist the impulse.
I do have quite a few birthdays to focus on ... December is a big birthday month for my family. I'll have to try and shift my focus ... that may just help.
Now ... all I have to do is get through the crunch-time to-do list (which is shrinking - fa la la la la, la la la la):
- Go through major paper one more time in an editing spree, and fix all citations, then hand the sucker in tomorrow.
- Write my International Law final exam on Dec. 10
- Write my International Trade Law final exam on Dec. 16
- Write my Family Law final exam on Dec 17