Friday, December 18, 2015

friday favorites - christmas vacation

Yesterday was my last final for the semester, and now I am officially on break from grad school! 24 glorious days off before Spring semester starts back up...and 11 of those days I am also taking vacation from work. I am so excited, I could cry. ;)

I definitely want time to veg out and relax since it's go-go-go all the time, but I also have a couple ideas of some fun things I'd like to do too!


// wildlights at the columbus zoo
The Columbus Zoo does an amazing display every year using over 3 million twinkle lights. We went once a couple of years ago, and it was amazing!


// ikea trip
We are long overdue for a trip down to the closest Ikea, near Cincinnati. I want to wander around getting decor inspiration and pick out a couple of items for the house.


// state auto's christmas corner
The State Auto building downtown puts us an amazing life-sized nativity scene every year (a tradition started by the company's founder in the 1930s!) and while I always drive by it on my way home from work and school, I would love to walk down there with Aaron and the dogs one night to check it out up close!



// holiday baking
This year, I really want to make some Christmas cookies and holiday wassail! I think I'm going to use my mum's gingersnap recipe and add a white chocolate drizzle to the outside - stay tuned for a post on that recipe! I also remember just loving wassail as a kid, and although I can't find our original recipe, I'm going to create one on my own - I'll share that with you too!


// outdoor ice skating
I love ice skating - as a kid, we always had my birthday parties at an ice rink since my birthday is in January. This year, I want to go to a festive outdoor ice rink, instead of the typical indoor ones. There is a cute one in Cuyahoga Falls (near Akron) right on the riverside and skating is only $3! 


What festive activites are you up to this holiday season??
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4 comments:

  1. Ahhh you so deserve those 11 days off that you're getting - I hope you're able to do all these fun activities! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Those lights look so pretty I definitely think you should go and do that!!!

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  3. Ice skating is one of my favorite things to do too! That light display looks amazing, and yay for all of your days off-- enjoy every bit of it!

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  4. Those Christmas lights are SO fun. And YES to ice skating!

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