From the first day of winter to Christmas Season to Hanukkah to Kwanzaa, December is totally filled with holidays to celebrate – well, except for that first day of winter. And so this newsletter is also filled with lots of cooking and entertaining tips and holiday recipes just for you.
With all of this Christmas Season celebrations, we tend to wear ourselves out pretty quickly. Already this past weekend, I saw people fighting over a parking space. How ridiculous did that look? And the season has barely begun. So make every attempt to keep it in perspective. Nothing has to be perfect – really. If you don’t have the chance to totally transform each gift into a beautiful package, or make a 5 course meal, it is OK.
Especially this time of year, plan ahead, make those lists, organize your meals and shopping trips and trips to stores that are clustered together. Ask yourself- “how can I make this easier on myself?” each time you are faced with a holiday project. Make a list of what are the most important things for you to do, top to bottom, and then decide what gets done and what will not be done this year.
Like those Christmas cards – for me, the list does get smaller because for whatever reason, that is not something I really enjoy doing. So I gave myself permission to cut back, and hope that my friends will understand. It is a little relief which gives me more time to spend on more pleasurable activities. So go ahead – make your own list and give yourself and your family a little more time to enjoy what this season is all about.
Elegant and Simple Table Decorations
There are two themes that I enjoy most at the holidays- one is sparkle and the other is natural. That almost seems like they are opposed to each other, but enjoy both, depending upon the mood you are in.
To start choose a theme and choose your color scheme. For example, I love all sliver, or sliver and blue, or red, red, red. You might also enjoy different shades of green with gold. Experiment- choose what make you happy.