Well, the leaves are all gone...and the snow will be here in no time!
This is without a doubt, our favorite time of year. My husband and I enjoy this time more than any other Holiday or season. Friends and family gather, there's cheer in the air...and the decorations make you smile!
I've started my Holiday Baking and of course really enjoying myself. My hubby will jump in every now and then to sample or help out for a bit. Usually more of the sampling! Making homemade goodies for friends & family has been a tradition for over 20 years. I have my Holiday Cards out and will get them out next week! I don't enjoy the STRESS of the Holidays......so I really try to take a few pro-active steps...so I don't wind up in a panic two weeks before Christmas! If we plan accordingly.....like purchasing one small gift a month during the year.....we're ready when December comes. Not everyone want's a sweater or Winter Item....buy something spring or summer! I usually have my presents purchased no later than December 10th...and wrapping done by the 15th. This way I can spend the rest of the days before Christmas planning our Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. It's a wonderful Old Italian Tradition that I spoke of in my "Traditions" Blog Post. I also have some chicken and pasta on hand for those who do not enjoy the fish as we do.
Try and Remember these three things and make your Holiday Season more enjoyable and less stressful:
1. Plan ahead and purchase small gifts all year long...so all you have to do is wrap them in December.
2. Pick a few time slots during the year to at lease Address your Holiday Card Envelopes, and schedule one or two TV Night's in December to write out your Holiday Cards instead or while watching a Christmas movie....That aught to put you in the spirit!
3. Christmas is a time to Celebrate the birth of Christ (whether you believe or not - It's His Birthday!) and to celebrate our family and friends. The presents are a bonus! Don't go overboard (unless you can & want to). It seems sometimes we complains about how much we have spent - after it's over. It's so not necessary. Show the Love & Kindness, really listen...and be PRESENT with all you encounter. When you shop for people - really know & listen to what they like & want. It's not about what WE think is cute. Sip on a peppermint mocha or some winter beverage. Enjoy yourself - whatever you do!
Blessings to you this Holiday Season & Always! Happy Baking or ORDERING! Contact me to find out more.
Please leave your comments! They add in the fun......Tell us about how YOU prepare & stay calm during the Holidays.