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Hyattsville Apartment Living: December 2018

Welcome to this month’s edition of Hyattsville Apartment Living, brought to you by Vie at University Towers, our apartments for rent in Hyattsville, MD. In this rousing December edition, we’re bringing you some delicious recipes for a couple scrumptious holidays, our favorite movies to watch this month, and books to cozy up by the fire with. Don’t miss out on all the fun things happening during the holidays in this blog post.

Important Upcoming Dates

National Brownie Day (December 8th)
A plate of brownies with crushed peppermint on top of the frosting to take to friends in your apartment.

Everyone could always use a few more brownies in their lives. This unique holiday can get lost in the shuffle of all the others that occur in December, but we wanted to make sure that it doesn’t go unnoticed. Try out one of the following recipes to warm up your soul and please your palate.

Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies
During the winter, everyone could go for a little more peppermint. It reminds us of the holidays! These brownies combine everything you love about the candy and this chocolatey sweet with a layer of deliciously cool peppermint frosting. You even get a little bit of extra crunch with some peppermint candies sprinkled on top.

Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed S’mores Brownies
Have you ever heard of something more heavenly? It’s like your three favorite things came together specifically to make you happy. This brownie is a little bit of something else. It’s going to get messy, so make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand for everyone.


National Cookie Exchange Day (December 22nd)
gingerbread men and cookies perfect for the holiday season

With the cooler weather and warmer homes, December is the perfect month for freshly baked cookies. Luckily for us, it also happens to be National Cookie Exchange Day on December 22nd. So cozy up by the fire, get a nice glass of milk, and try one of these recipes to share with your family and friends this December 22nd.

Gingerbread Cookies
What better way to start off the holiday season than trying one of the classics. This gingerbread recipe combines everything you love about the original recipe with a zesty twist.

Holiday Monster Cookies
“These giant, saucer-sized cookies are packed with festive candies, peppermint chunks, salty pretzels, and white chocolate chips, so they really live up to their name. Serve them as part of a cookie swap, for dessert on Christmas Day or as the special treat left for Santa -- with a really big glass of milk!”


Holiday-Themed Movies

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) — Animation, Family, Fantasy

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept. Christmas and Halloween meet in this fun and exciting tale of confusion and chaos as Jack Skeleton attempts to bring Christmas to Halloween Town, where no one knows how to celebrate anything other than Halloween.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998) — Comedy, Family

A college student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas after being hazed by his friends. While struggling to get home in time for Christmas, he learns quite a bit about himself and the true meaning of the holiday.

Holiday-Themed Books

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

In the bleak winter of 1940, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lundstrom's tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated--until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking their country's treasure--and their lives. (Goodreads)


The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

One dollar and eighty-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure -- her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love (Goodreads review).