At the end of the fall semester, as studying for finals consumes both day and night, there is one thing college students cannot wait for — winter break. We went to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters and asked some what they are looking forward to the most during the weeks off for the holiday.
— Photos and text by Mackenzie Palmer/American-Statesman
The holiday season can be stressful. I worry about how to afford the gifts, how to make sure everyone gets along at family gatherings, how to keep the kitten from eating all the decorations and just how much chocolate I can eat before I need to borrow Santa’s pants.
“Back in about 1947, when I was less than 1, one of my aunts sent me this Santa for Christmas. It has been in my Christmas tree every year since then. I see it is getting a little raggedy, but when you are kissing up to 70, raggedy happens. I love this old Santa and my whole family loves it. ‘Twoundn’t be Christmas without him in the tree.”
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It’s the first day of November. Halloween has come and gone, you’ve got a candy hangover and maybe a temporary skeleton tattoo you forgot to wash off yesterday (no? Just me then) and spooky decorations you don’t feel like taking down. This can only mean one thing: Time to think about Christmas.
No, seriously, hear me out here. First of all, I’m not the only one thinking it — “Christmas” has been trending on Twitter in Austin all day.
And, regardless of the fact that it’s inexplicably still above 80 degrees in Austin, it really is time to start thinking about Christmas. No, seriously. You’ve got 53 more days until Christmas — that’s just seven weeks to shop and get jolly and find a Christmas tree and oh man, I’m getting excited. I can already hear some of you saying, “But Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet!” I can’t hear you over my Christmas Spotify playlist, sorry.
At any rate, I asked the Statesman web team what they’re most looking forward to doing now that it’s officially the ~holiday season~ in Austin.
Courtney Sebesta, Senior Digital Editor
“WEAR ACTUAL LONG SLEEVES. Sick of this heat!”
Eric Webb, Social Media & Engagement Editor
Going to Barton Creek Square Mall. Yes, I am one of those disturbed people who loves the mall at Christmas time. The decorations, the music, the bustling throngs: I want it all.
Carefully researching cookie and pie recipes and going to get ingredients at Central Market.
Finding the mulled wine popping up at bars across town. Bangers has an awesome mulled wine.
Desperately seeking out holiday programming at Alamo Drafthouse and the Paramount Theatre.
The Trail of Lights run!
Jackie Wang, Social Content Producer
I still haven’t made it to the Whole Foods ice skating rink but it’s on my must-do list.
Personally, I’m ready for fall hikes on the Barton Creek or Bull Creek greenbelts — the kind of hikes where you can actually wear leggings and maybe even a flannel, and see your breath in the air. It’s my favorite time of year to hit the trails. I also can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and hopefully try out some of the recipes from this year’s Austin360 Cookie Contest. There’s something about the holidays that makes me bake for three months straight!
What’s your favorite Austin holiday tradition or event? Let us know in the comments.