We are already a week into December and I feel that I am running out of time to join in all of the holiday buzz before 2014 comes creeping in. There are some traditions that I just cannot pass up and ice-skating is one of them.
Ice skating might be at the top of my to-do list this month, but I seem to forget how I might be better off sipping a hot chocolate than getting on the slippery ice. Because lets face it, even as a child who had some skating lessons, I am so BAD on those tiny skates.
For some like me, the thought of ice-skating can take a little courage, and maybe even a lapse of sanity. Watching the blissful hand locked couples and speeding younglings make effortless loops around the shiny ice rink as you struggle to buckle up the skates you rented for an hour doesn’t help your optimistic outlook. I have to admit, the first step onto the slippery ice can quite literally rattle you to the cold floor.
But once you make it around a lap or two, (of course all the while grasping the wall’s edge and not caring who you knock down on your way around) you remember why you actively participate in this winter tradition each year.
Whether you are an amateur or as light and graceful as a ballerina on ice, there is fun to be had by all for this holiday essential. Bring along a friend or family member to either cling onto or to show off your talent! It won’t feel like December if you don’t!
Head over to these ice rinks in LA:
As an east-coast native, I would have never known there are so many places to go ice-skating in California. Instead of sipping frozen margaritas by the beach, I’ll be enjoying ice in a whole new way! After all, glistening ice is one of winter’s true beauties.
Laura Corrigan received her BA in English writing and women studies from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN this past May. She has written for Irish America Magazine, Achiever Magazine, American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) blog Dialogue, and for Saint Mary’s as the media relations intern. Laura loves to travel and record her adventures in her red leather journal. When she isn’t searching for the nearest ice cream parlor, she can be found cuddled up next to her dogs in her polka dot pajamas.