It’s December! Only 2 weeks until my work for the semester is complete and I get to rub my glorious winter break in all of your faces. You sure did screw up by going the whole “real job” route. I mean, is having a normal salary really worth it? I will choose to think otherwise as I bask in the glory of extended vacation!
Meanwhile, around the Triangle, various festivities are underway. Forget about Rock Center and the White House – it’s not Christmas until you visit Chapel Hill’s very own sparkly, shiny tree! Plus, don’t forget to stop by the Carolina Inn to see their 12 Days of Christmas display.
For local shopping, this weekend the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market is hosting their annual craft fair, and the Southern Village Market is doing the same. On Saturday, Motorco Music Hall hosts a Downtown Market Holiday Block Party in Durham.
Plus, Southern Season will soon put their gourmet treats on sale in time to purchase gifts that say, “I think you really deserve some overpriced chocolate”. We also recommend The Meat House if you’re looking for something to bring to a holiday party – their savory mango pecan cheesecakes make for an amazing spread.
And, although we might have to be surrounded by Carolina fans in our day-to-day, Duke just does majestic Christmas better. Visit the Pitchforks in the Gothic Reading Room for some a capella style caroling, or catch Handel’s Messiah or one of the many other holiday concerts in Duke Chapel. If you must stay on UNC’s campus, Morehead Planetarium offers seasonal concerts under the “stars” throughout the month.
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget that there are plenty of opportunities to make the holidays a little brighter for those who are down on their luck this season. I like contributing to Adopt-a-Family efforts for Durham Social Services. I remember how happy my students were when they received surprise gifts from “Santa”, and this is an easy way to spread some of that magic.
Happy almost holidays to all!