Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.-Feather

December 9, 2009

Seriously…isn’t it fun to go out and act like a kid sometimes?  To stay up late, play games, and goof around with your friends with no cares in the world?  It’s so rare to have those truly special days, but there’s nothing better than the sheer bliss of truly innocent happiness.  And this time of year makes it even better…who doesn’t like to see the bright lights, the decorated trees peeking through windows, and the possibility of a snowy night and hot chocolate?  The best part?  You don’t have to spend a lot to reap the benefits of the holiday season…or to feel like a child again!

Light brite

I’ll be honest, the past few years have been kind of quiet for me…money’s been tight and buying a hot holiday outfit to go out and party wasn’t always a possibility.  Add to that, anyone I was dating at the time just had so much going on that it was almost impossible to check out all the holiday happenings.  However, I found ways to enjoy the season flying solo at a price that didn’t break the bank.  One way was by checking out the local light shows.  Crank up the carols in your car, crank the heat, and enjoy a hot beverage while driving through the Holtsville Ecology Center or Camp Edey…the best part is that the money raised at these displays goes to good causes!

Go green

The tree…such an important symbol of the season due to our memories of Christmases past.  Nix the plastic this year, and think about getting a live tree in a pot.  It will stay fresh, be less prone to being a fire hazard than a cut tree, lose less needles, and the two best things–you can plant it outside when you’re done and you won’t have to worry about where to store it (a definite perk when you have a small place like I do!).

Winter warmer

Troegs again produces a winner with their Mad Elf beer.  With heavy dark fruit notes and a high alcohol content, this sweet and heady brew is not for the faint of heart (or for those who are driving, either!).  One glass had me feeling warm and fuzzy.  One oversized bottle left me stumbling over my words.  Any more would have left me unconscious.  Beer nuts and those who like malty beverages like scotch and aren’t afraid of a flavorful brew should check this one out!

Babes in toyland

Lastly, Live in the Lobby is hosting “Love in the Lobby” this month…enjoy some great live music, and if you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots, you’ll get a $5 beer voucher.  $10 gets you in.  Come on down and say hi to me when you are there!

Sorry about the short post, but it is the holiday season!  I’ll be back with more events in just a bit, so make sure you check back often!

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