Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

If you’re one of the people who loves the Christmas season more than all others: welcome!

If you aren’t… well, apologies in advance for an overabundance of cheer. It’s time to wear red and green, cover your houses in lights, sing Christmas songs at the top of your lungs, and start hoping for snow on the 25th.

Arnold Schwarzenegger asks,

Ergo, this week’s Two Link Tuesday is dedicated to Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

There are so many things to love about Christmas but to keep this blog post from being too long to read we’re only going to share two of them with you.

1. Ice-Skating: An activity that is fun year-round but is the ultimate during the holidays

Luckily, we live in a place that also recognizes the importance of capitalizing on this activity during the winter months. You can enjoy skating outdoors this holiday in both Raleigh and Durham.

Raleigh’s Winterfest is located downtown on Fayetteville St. and Durham’s Ice Factory is in the American Tobacco Campus. Not only is ice-skating better in these outdoor rinks but you can also take advantage of how close they are to tons of restaurants and downtown sights.

If you’re in Raleigh on Thursdays you can hop on carriage rides or enjoy a live DJ on Friday nights. Best date ever? Probably. If you’re kickin it in Dirty Durham you can go buy your Christmas tree right next door to the rink before you put on your blades. It just might be the perfect holiday family night.

Christmas tree lot at American Tobacco Campus

Can’t wait to see you on the ice!

2.Gift giving and all-around generosity

You may have noticed that Twitter is abuzz today with the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

I am so ok with this.

December is the time of year where giving feels a lot better than receiving. Whether you’re buying gifts for those bratty nieces and nephews or giving time to serve food at a shelter, there’s a lot of joy to be had in sharing with others.

In the spirit of generosity I wanted to give you a tip to make giving a little easier on this #GivingTuesday. If you want to do more than just donate this season a great place to start is by getting connected with Durham Cares.

This great organization is basically a dating service for you and local non-profits. Durham Cares matches you to a non-profit that is in need of help so that your volunteering can be best utilized based on your skills and interests. No, it’s not too good to be true. It’s that easy.


So get ready… sparkling lights on a Christmas tree.

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