Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas with Liz

December is one of my favorite times of the year! I love reading everyone's end of year favorites lists, surveys, and goals for the next year.  Outside of books and blogging, there's a lot to enjoy about this season.  Since this is the first Christmas I find myself living in my own place and not preoccupied with graduate school, I've started some of my own traditions.

Naturally, I have my own small tree in my apartment. I put it up in mid-November because I absolutely adore this particular holiday.   Baking is always a big deal for me at this time of year, in addition to decorating.  I drove home last night and plan to make sugar cookies with my brother today, but I did some baking for my women's group earlier this month.  We sold 100 holiday goody trays, so I had to bake 200 snickerdoodles and dip 150 pretzels.  This was a big adventure as I had never made a snickerdoodle before in my life, or dipped a pretzel, for that matter.  Thank goodness for my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, where I got my snickerdoodle recipe.

I also made red velvet cinnamon rolls last weekend, after Jamie shared a photo of some her husband made. Those, however, I did not share.

Baking aside, I also decided to do a Secret Santa this year.  I have so many books that my family doesn't like to get them for me as gifts, so I like to sign up for Secret Santa in order to spread bookish cheer.  This year I decided to do The Broke and Bookish Secret Santa.  Of all the Secret Santas I've done, I've found this one has been the most enjoyable both in terms of shopping for someone else and getting to know other bloggers. It was especially fun because I had Shannon this year, who I know from Twitter.  I hadn't read any of the books on her wishlist, but since she is a Whovian and fellow chocolate lover, I really enjoyed shopping for her--I wound up getting her Doctor Who socks as one of her goodies!

However, the person who gave to me was someone I didn't really know previously: Sara of What A Nerd Girl Says!  I'm so excited for the goodies she got me.  She was kind enough to pick out two books I wanted and send some fun Doctor Who related things!  You can take a peek at what I got on my Instagram.  You'll also see that Misty over at The Book Rat kindly sent me a book and some awesome holiday socks.

I love having bookish friends to exchange gifts with, but I also ask for items that aren't books.  Inspired by  the wishlist post that Alexa of Alexa Loves Books wrote, here are some things I asked my family for.

As I'm sure you can imagine, I'm low on shelving space. I've been admiring this Expedit bookshelf for awhile. I might've gotten this myself by now, but the closest IKEA to me is a 4.5 hour drive, were my parents are.  Everyone I know who has these shelves seems to love them!
Do I need this plush Dalek? Probably not.  However, I have checked them out in stores and they look outrageously fun.  I already have a plush T.A.R.D.I.S. and Adipose, so this would complete my trifecta.
When I'm not reading or blogging, I enjoy running.  I love that tools like MapMyRun can help me figure out how far I've gone, but that gets tricky if I want to run on a bike trail, for example.  I'd love to give this watch a try and see if it's useful to me.

So there it is. A few new traditions, some gifts I've received, and items I have in mind for Santa.  Are you asking for anything bookish or geeky?  Let me know.  I hope you all have a happy holiday whatever you celebrate (or may have already celebrated) and that you all get to spend quality time with your loved ones.

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