Halloween is over. It’s officially okay to start talking about the elephant in the room, that other big season…
What, you thought I’d say Christmas?
You caught me. It’s also about that. Truthfully, this is the season of friends and family. Let’s talk about getting ready for the holidays so you can spend less time cooking and cleaning and more time with friends and family.
Think back to past holidays. What do you remember? I remember the time when my grampie boogied down to the song “Electric Avenue” next to the Christmas tree when I was in fifth grade. I remember my aunt holding Noodle for the first time at our Thanksgiving table as she slept happily in her arms. Okay, I also remember the awesome Barbie swimming pool with working shower I got on Christmas morning, and how it was the last gift I opened because my parents had hidden it in the basement for us to find after all the other gifts had been opened. That swimming pool was awesome. But remembering the Christmas Eve parties at my parent’s home growing up still fill me with a certain warm feeling that can’t hold a candle to that Barbie swimming pool.
My point? What you remember most about the holidays are not things (Barbie swimming pool excepted) but rather people and the times you shared with them. The goal this year is to minimize “things” and maximize “people”. Focus on creating a happy holiday atmosphere. Not on which toys to buy.
To that end, the next few weeks will be filled with ideas for entertaining, decorating, and yes– gifting… all on a budget and with love. As long as the turkey is cooked and the wine is chilled we’ll be happy. Now, let’s get going. Join me as we work toward happy and humble Heartwarming Holidays!
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