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What Am I Going To Do Now That Christmas Is Over?

By avesper 12/26/2014

Albuquerque News

There are several things we dread doing, or don't quite know what to do with when Christmas has gone and sailed. With the New Year around the corner, there might be some added pressure to get things sorted before the New Year. Such as New Year Resolution's or even something we might be thankful is finally over. So, what are some things we as "New Mexicans" might think after Christmas is over?

#1 "What am I going to do with all of these Luminarias?!"

The morning after Christmas Eve, when the glorious morning of opening presents and spending time around a nice warm fireplace has come, there are bags filled with sand lined up outside your home. What are you going to do with all those bags of sand?!

Save them for next year! Or empty the sand and discard of the bags via that wonderful big blue Albuquerque recycling bin. 

#2 "No more Christmas music playing at the mall or on 95.5 FM."

We all must be tired of hearing Holiday music everywhere we go. In our cars, at the mall, at all the shopping centers and stores. 

Or maybe the end of Holiday Music might make you feel a little bit nostalgic. Don't worry, the next Christmas is only 364 more days away. 

#3 "I made too many Tamales (or too much Posole)."

A longtime New Mexican tradition is cooking Tamales and Posole for Christmas dinner. Or for any holiday celebration during this time of the year. So, what do you do if you made too many/too much?

Eat the leftovers! Yum.

Or, if you would like to, throw a small gathering with friends or neighbors and share your dinner leftovers for a big feast! (After all, the Holidays are all about good company and sharing thanks with others).  

#4 "It's going to snow more!"

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Yay Snow! Or....Noooooo snow! Whether you live in the city or in the mountains more snow could make or break your day. Commuting in snow can be particularly problematic for anyone, especially those who live in the mountains. 

But more snow means more time to play and rest! Especially if it means getting a snow day off from work or school, and going outside to build a snowman and feel the snow flakes fall on your tongue. 

#5 "Where are all the post Christmas sales?"

Do you know where all the post Holiday Season sales are?! 

Let us and everyone know in the comment section below. 

#6 "I won't see my family again for a while."

This could be a good thing or a bad thing. 

If you missed your family and spending time with them, then it can be hard to say goodbye to them until next time you see them. But if you are one of those people who can only stand being around your close kin for a certain amount of time, this is a blessing you embrace with relief. 

#7 "'Feliz Navidad' won't be playing on loop at the grocery store anymore, Gracias a Dios!"

'Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad prospero año y felicidad' This jingle, and these lyrics have bombarded you over the holiday season. And chances are you haven't been inside of a grocery store once without hearing this jingle playing in the background. Gracias a Dios, you won't have to hear this at the grocery store anymore. 

#8 "Goodbye Mr. Tumbleweed Snowman."

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Every year on I-40 heading Westbound the Mr. Tumbleweed Snowman has been prompt up, adding to the New Mexico Holiday cheer! Soon he will be gone. Goodbye Mr. Tumbleweed Snowman.

#9 "I'm going to workout and go to the gym more!"

The New Year is just around the corner, I need to make a few New Year Resolutions of things I am going to do differently in my life during 2015.

Most people have made this resolution at least once in their lifetime, and chances are good that you will make it again.

So...there are several gyms you can sign up for, go a few times, and then never go again.

Or you can go outside and enjoy the beautiful nature that is New Mexico free of charge! Our land of enchantment is perfect for outdoor activities.  

#10 "I might have some things I could donate."

This is the season to be grateful and to give to those who might not be as fortunate as yourself. What better way to spread the love than to get rid of excess things you don't need? Give them to a charity! 

Some great local charities you could donate items to include:

ABQ Rescue Mission

Goodwill 

Crossroads For Women 

Roadrunner Food Bank

#11 "Which New Year's Eve Party should I to go to this Year?"

Every year there are what seems like a million New Year's Eve parties. Whether it be at a friends, a co-workers, or a venue you will be invited to several different New Year's Eve parties. Chose the one you think will help ring in that New Year's luck. You can always attend more than one party if you don't want to blow off anybody.  

#12 "I don't think I could possibly eat another Bizcochito, Abuela."

"Abuela, ya no puedo comer mas." 

We have been stuffing ourselves with so many goodies over the Holidays that if someone offers us another treat we might just hurl. So when your Abuela offers you another Bizcochito just tell her, "I love you Grandma but I can't possibly eat one more bite."