Monday, December 29, 2008

Rethinking the Holidays

When the holidays aren't fun any more, it's time to rethink our celebration strategy!

So next year - we going to change things up a little. If you want to see us for Christmas - catch a plane to Cancun. We'll be sipping it up in the sun!

Though it is our ultimate goal to spend Christmas 2009 somewhere sandy and warm (as noted)- we will still want to make an effort to get together and spend much needed time with family and friends before or after the actual holiday (unless of course everyone wants to join us in our sun seeking travels - Cancun here we come!!).

Ok, enough of the ranting - now on to the Christmassy things I want to do with family or friends next year - so if that's you - prepare yourselves. :)

Image from Thimbleanna

A Gingerbread House Competition
May sounds rather yesteryear- but mix in the whole family and it spells for fun! Check out the fun results of Thimbleanna's annual family gingerbread competition (includes one x-rated house)!

Making Popcorn & Cranberry Garland
Already started making popcorn and cranberry garland - it was fun and made for a great memory - even if it was just with the husband and the pets. Before too long it will be with little kiddies - maybe another year or two though, so don't get too excited, k?

Watching the Nutcracker at Butler University
An Indianapolis holiday favorite for more than 25 years. Five shows, Dec. 4-7: Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri/Sat at 8 PM, Sat/Sun at 2 PM. Tickets: Clowes Box Office or Ticketmaster. Info: See Web site below or call 317-940-6444. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Marion County.

Going to Christmas at the Zoo

Marsh Christmas at the Zoo is closed on Christmas Eve & Day and on New Year's Eve. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for seniors 62+ and youth 2-12. Discount tickets are available at all Central Indiana Marsh and O'Malia's store locations. Or receive $1 off admission by donating a new hat, scarf or gloves to the Julian Center Mitten Tree.

Celebrating the Winter Solstice at the IMA
When: Thursday, Dec 20th 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm (though we may be on our way to our sunny destination by this date)
Where: Lilly House & Greenhouse parking lot
Celebrate the longest night of the year at the IMA with the Winter Solstice celebration. Celebrate two days early (December 22 is the official Winter Solstice) with ice sculpting, performances by Motus Dance Theatre, bonfires, live reindeer and owls and more. Bundle up!

Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum
Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children in their cozy home through Dec. 24. Children will enjoy riding on the Santa Claus Express train and making crafts to take home, having breakfast with Santa and tea with Mrs. Claus, while adults gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows and reminisce about days gone by. The original Santa Claus Express train, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, will be on display for photos. The entire museum comes alive with holiday merriment including bands and choirs in the Governor Frank O’Bannon Great Hall and the 92 County Christmas Ornament Tree, plus the Museum Gift Shop becomes Santa’s Workshop for the season, with special nostalgic toys and gift items.

Indy Wine Trail: Holidays @ The Wineries

Get in the Spirit of the Season, enjoy great Indiana wine, and pick up some unique gift ideas, including special Holiday Wines! Travel along the the Indy Wine Trail and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and Holiday treats, and receive a free gift at each winery. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 during the event weekend and are available at any Indy Wine Trail winery. Your ticket is good both Saturday & Sunday at all seven wineries, and includes festive treats, a glass of wine, and a special ornament at each winery! December 5-6, 2009

If anyone is interested in any of the events above - let Matt and I know we'll make it a date for 2009!

Inspiration & Support for Non-Traditional Christmas 2009 Comes From:

Oh, Hey

Pretty Little Things - Cruisin'

My Main Supporter & Co-Conspirator - Matthew


Momma Val said...

I completely hear ya! Wanting a more simple celebration and it just gets more hectic every year. With both of us having divorces in our families it makes for lot of family "togetherness." Once I start packing up a toddler, all necessary toddler accessories, a dish to pass (never was more of a bitch to bring, especially when I'm alone), and gifts. Mix that with some snow, ice, slush, a crabby kid and/or husband, and an annoying relative or two and you have yourself a very Un-Merry Christmas. After doing this the second time I'm not feeling too jolly, ya know. Sorry for the rant but something's gotta give. I'd vote for Greece. I fantasize about this every year cause we have been doing this all over holiday roving stuff for years. Enough is enough :(

Stacy said...

Momma Val - I know, it's been tough. Rant anytime! Greece sounds lovely, but I think Cancun is more in our price range :)!

tina said...

All fun things to do next year-I especially like the sipping it up in Cancun:) Have a Happy and Safe New Year's Eve!

Electronic Goose said...

Little kiddies, huh? ;)

I love the gingerbread house competition idea! I've also heard of people knitting (knitathon) scarves together for homeless/disadvantaged people. That could be fun if you add some hot chocolate, lights, trees ...

Stacy said...

Tina - Thank you! You too - on having a safe and happy New Years!!

Electronic Goose - One day, one day...

The knitathon sounds like fun!! Just got to find some friends and family who know how to knit! ;)