10 Things to do in December
1 Clean out the freezer
It’s all too easy to let food accumulate in the freezer — and before long, not only is it too crowded to make room for more, but there are items in the back that should probably be thrown away.
2 Make a wreath
Not only is a wreath on the front door inviting, but it really makes a house look like a home. If you’ve got the time, add a personal touch to your outdoor decor by making your own instead of buying one.
3 Get organized for gift wrapping
To save time during the hectic Christmas shopping season, set up a gift-wrapping station in an out-of-the-way spot in your home — it will make it easy to wrap gifts as you buy them, and you won’t be hunting around the house for the scissors, silver ribbon or gift tags.
4 Decorate the kitchen
Don’t limit your holiday accents to the living room and entryway — think about ways you can bring the spirit of the season into every room, including the kitchen.
5 Cook up some appetizers
Get ready for guests — whether expected or impromptu — by preparing a selection of appetizers ahead of time.
6 Host a cookie exchange
Rather than devoting hours of free time to baking each of your favorite holiday treats, arrange an exchange with friends and family.
7 Hang some mistletoe
The custom of kissing under the mistletoe is said to come from an ancient Scandinavian tradition that when enemies met in the forest under mistletoe, they were to lay down their arms and observe a truce for the following day. Continue the tradition by hanging mistletoe in your home during the holiday season — and spread peace and goodwill among your guests.
8 Donate to the food bank
During this season of feasting, remember those who are less fortunate by bringing non-perishable food items or a monetary donation to your local food bank. Consider offering your time, as well, to help sort donations or perform other necessary tasks.
9 Let in the fresh air
It may be getting chilly outside, but that’s no reason to keep the windows locked tight. Shutting up the house lets indoor pollutants accumulate, especially if it’s fairly new and therefore airtight.
10 Make homemade eggnog
Eggnog is so rich and sinfully delicious, it’s probably a good thing we don’t drink it all year round. So don’t settle for nog in a carton — it’s easy to make your own, and the results are well worth the time spent.
How to Make Kid-Friendly Eggnog
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Freshly grated nutmeg
How to Make:
1. Whisk together the milk, cream, sugar, and eggs in a medium-sized nonreactive saucepan.
2. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
3. Serve immediately, topped with freshly grated nutmeg to taste. Or you may refrigerate it, serve it cold, or reheat it before serving. If it thickens with refrigeration, simply thin with a little extra milk.
Per serving: Calories 494 (From Fat 297); Fat 33g (Saturated 19g); Cholesterol 319mg; Sodium 175mg; Carbohydrate 26g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 13g.