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John Eggers: Time to make your Christmas resolutions

Christmas resolutions made in December are much more interesting than New Year’s resolutions made in January.

Christmas resolutions require our immediate attention. We just have a few weeks to complete them, so we tend to pick out those things we can accomplish.

How are they different than just making a list of things to do? Resolutions are more like a wish: “I wish I would have time this Christmas to visit our next-door neighbor.” “I wish I would have time this Christmas to bake those cookies my mother used to bake.”

To-do lists aren’t too much fun. Christmas resolutions are more interesting and meaningful. So what are you going to do for your Christmas resolutions? Here are some suggestions:

How about making a cheese ball that everyone will love? Here’s my wife’s favorite recipe and it doesn’t require any cooking. Get the kids to make it.

Here are the ingredients: Two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, two cups of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon of diced pimentos, 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion, 1 tablespoon of diced green pepper, 2 teaspoons of Worchestershire sauce and 1 cup chopped toasted pecans.

In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Mix well, shape into two balls, roll in pecans, cover and chill. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers.

Fantastic, right?

2. See these three movies again: “The Christmas Story,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

They are wonderful.

3. Take time to drive around and see the Christmas lights. The people who put them up will appreciate it.

4. Can you ever have enough Christmas cookies? Make an old family recipe that you haven’t made for a while.

5. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is coming up. Everyone is welcome to count the birds. Watch the paper for time and place.

6. There are lots of nifty shops in downtown Bemidji. Take some time to visit them and have lunch at one of the neat little cafes.

7. Try one of these five outdoor sports if you are able: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling or just walking on a snowy evening. If you are not able, visit with a friend about your favorite outdoor winter activities.

8. See a Beaver or Lumberjack hockey game. I just saw the Beavers beat Anchorage. What’s just as much fun as watching the Beavers play is watching the little kids dancing in the aisles.

9. Sit by a fireplace and drink some hot cider or hot chocolate and listen to some Christmas music. Don’t forget Nat King Cole singing “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.”

10. Take out those old picture albums and look through them. Or take out the slide or film projector and have a night of home movies. Don’t forget the popcorn.

11. Take a drive in the country after a snowfall. Even Grandma Moses could not have painted a better picture.

12. How long of an extension cord to you have? Put lights on a tree standing by itself away from everything else. It will be the best.

13. Attend the Christmas pageant at your favorite place of worship. Stick around and do some fellowshipping.

14. Call one of those long-lost relatives you have been meaning to call for several years and just never got around to it. Be sure and introduce yourself. They may have forgotten who you are.

15. Read the story “The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever.” It is almost the greatest.

16. Buy anonymous gifts for several people. It’s a great feeling.

17. If you have the opportunity to go caroling, go for it.

18. You have to buy a poinsettia. Take care of it and it will last until spring, when it is time to buy some daffodils.

19. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you can’t grill something. Pretend the Vikings are winning and make the brats before the game.

20. If you are spending Christmas alone, find a way to be around people. Invite someone over. Call someone on the phone.

21. Pick out a nice Christmassy wintry jigsaw puzzle to put together.

22. Go to a movie that opens around Christmas. If you choose not to do that, take the family bowling.

23. You just have to see Santa sometime before he comes down your chimney.

24. Play some board games. Try to avoid those endless traditional games like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.

25. Nestle down in your favorite chair, put on some Christmas music and read “The Christmas story.”

Life can’t get much better.

I have given you 25 Christmas resolutions to do, one for each day before Christmas. I know, some are kind of corny. You probably have some better ideas. You can do them all, or pick out several, or even just one.

The point is to do something different this Christmas and make it the best Christmas ever.


JOHN R. EGGERS of Bemidji is a former university professor and area principal. He also is a writer and public speaker.