The December Agenda

The December Agenda

It’s the final month of the year…and my last agenda post for 2015! Where has this year gone? With 21 days until Christmas, most of this month will be consumed with holiday shopping. But there should be some fun activities planned, right?

Try: I’ve mentioned before that I was a competitive figure skater at one time in my childhood. And although I’ve been back on ice skates in recent years, I’ve never skated at any of the outdoor rinks in New York City. Here’s hoping that this will be the season that I am able to cross this item off my agenda during one of my upcoming New York City trips.

See: And since there will be some time spent in New York City this month, the tree at Rockefeller Center and window shopping is on the itinerary.

Go: I went to Lake Placid, New York last year around this time and absolutely loved getting away for a few days before the holidays. Although much colder than Long Island (and I’m not a cold weather person by any means), Lake Placid reminded me more of a fancy ski resort town, and made me forget I was still in New York. Skating on the Olympic speed skating oval, watching ski jumpers, and going down the Olympic bobsled run were just some of the highlights. I hope time permits for a similar trip again this year!

Do: Lots…and lots of shopping! Usually I look forward to shopping, but when faced with crowded stores and long lines, not so much. I plan on braving the stores earlier this year (and during the week!) to snag the holiday gifts on my list with little hassle. Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer shopping in stores over online!

What’s on your agenda this month?



    1. Awwww! I’m sure Germany is a beautiful place to skate this time of year, too. Give it a try again, Annessa! I promise, the more you do it, the better and more comfortable you’ll get!

  1. I know, time is going by way too fast! I’ve been to Lake Placid years ago and loved the old charm of it. My mom recently went and brought back some olive oil from Saratoga Olive Oil Co. and it is AMAZING! They are top 10 in the world for the best olive oil selection, so if you do go again this year, I highly suggest you pay them a visit!

    I also prefer shopping in store than online, but I’ve learned that sometimes the selection can be better online, but that only applies to some stores that I shop at. I like to be able to try on the clothes before purchasing it and walk around and browse different sections; it’s fun!

    I hope you have a lovely day and weekend ahead, girlie and I hope you’re able to skate around at Rockefeller Center!



    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Jalisa! I definitely will check them out if I make my way up to Lake Placid. Buying online certainly is more convenient, but I usually like to see the item in person and try it on to avoid the hassle of having to return something. I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks, Danielle! I did both figure skating and ballet as a child…and then fell in love with horses! I like to be able to touch and try on pieces before I buy, too — but you can’t deny the convenience of online shopping. I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. My agenda includes getting all my presents wrapped up, sending cards and then snuggling into the couch. The holidays are stressful if you’re not prepared and I want the holidays to go smoothly this year! Love the winter in NYC, it can be so fast sometimes but if you have a hot cup of cocoa and your loved ones next to you, then it can be much sweeter.


    1. Love what’s on your agenda this month — especially the cozy couch part! This season always seems to go way too fast, so I’m going to try to slow down and enjoy it. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

    1. Yes, I did, Jenessa! It was so much fun to skate as a kid. I’m always amazed when I get back on the ice now as an adult how it comes back to me. I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks, Colleen! Sadly, even though I live an hour away from NYC, I rarely go in around this time of year. But I’m looking forward to it this year, and the mild weather we’ve been having makes it even nicer. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  3. I’m the same with shopping! I love shopping but the crowds really put me off. The Rockefeller tree is on my to do list too, but more-so because I always get dragged along with my family lol


    1. That’s a great way to tackle shopping, Brittney! I would feel better about ordering something online if I first saw and tried it in the store. I’m definitely planning on checking out the window displays when I’m in NYC. Thanks for visiting Living in Steil!

    1. That’s great to hear, Christina! I skated as a child in Germany a couple of times when my father and I would make trips there to visit family. I can’t wait to get back on the ice this season!

    1. Lake Placid is so much fun if you like winter sports. There is a lot to do, and touring some of the old Olympic venues is always a favorite of mine. I went down the Olympic bobsled run last year. It was an incredible experience, and also slightly terrifying. I hope you get to visit soon, Jill!

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