Friday, September 30, 2016

christmas prep

It has been a while. I'm sorry! Moving into college has been extremely fun, exciting and hectic; it really feels like I have experienced so much in the last few weeks. I'm finally back though. 

I have been loving the weather here in Evanston for the last couple of days because it's been getting pretty chilly. Back in Colombia it would be hot literally everyday of the year, so it has been very cool to experience how the weather begins to change. I have talked about the weather so much for the last few weeks it's crazy, but it's just such a cool novelty to me.

I know it's very early but I can't help but think about how cool christmas will be this year. The thing is I have never gotten the chance to experience a christmas like they show in the movies; a "white christmas", if you will. Honestly though, Christmas is less than 100 days away, can you believe it? I'm super pumped about decorating my dorm with christmasy stuff, and just being outside and exploring Evanston and Chicago during the holiday time. I bet the city is going to look gorgeous in December, even though everyone keeps telling me I'm going to freeze during the winter because I'm not used to it. For now, I'm very much looking forward to seeing the snow and drinking coffee and tea and wearing coats. Basically, I have a very idealized image of winter/the holiday season. In Cali, I couldn't really look forward to any of this. However, my family did have some awesome holiday traditions that I will certainly miss. First of all, the typical Colombian christmas food is crazy good. My favorite are buñuelos and hojaldras. I unfortunately don't know the recipe for them, but if you ever happen to be at a Colombian christmas party, make sure you try them. Also, I remember when I was little I would come up with choreographies  to christmas songs with my aunt and my brother. We would practice for hours and then present them to our whole family on christmas eve. Later on, we decided we wanted to do a play, and my mom literally made a script portraying the birth of Jesus and all of the family had different roles in the play. I used to play the angel and was always super professional about it because I wanted everything to be perfect. After a few years, my family began traveling to Orlando for the holiday season, which I also enjoyed a lot. We all really like the amusement parks and the nostalgia they hold really does make spending christmas there extra special and sentimental.

This was what my house looked like last year for christmas.

This is what the pre-dinner table looked like last christmas.

These are the buñuelos. They are probably extremely unhealthy but so good.

This year is going to be fairly different because I'm in college; however, I will be spending christmas with my family, just not in Colombia. The cool thing about spending part of the holiday season here in college is that the independence makes me feel like an adult and now I'll be in charge of deciding how to spend time/decorate my dorm. This is silly because my parents always did whatever my brother and I wanted, but the feeling of independence is weirdly satisfying. I have some plans for the holiday season, and hopefully I'll be able to do them all. I really want to go around Evanston and Chicago to see the decorations and take pictures of them. I am also very excited about going to Starbucks and listening to jazzy christmas music while drinking coffee. It's such a silly thing, but I really do love christmas music. I listen to it all the time and I just want it to be socially acceptable to listen to it out loud already! Finally, I think it would be very cool to send christmas cards to my friends here and in Colombia. Movies have taught me that sending cards is a tradition here in the US. I have never sent a holiday card in my life, because that's just not a thing we did in Colombia, but I really want to this year. If you guys are planning on sending christmas cards you should check out these really cute ones from Paperless Post's new collection which I would personally love to use.

Do you guys have any cool holiday traditions? I would love to know! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this quick post and that you're feeling just as excited about christmas as I am. Thanks for reading!

Maria