Are you in a frenzy, tumbling out of one holiday straight into the next? We have the big company party (and I am talking BIG! When the new CEO stepped into office at Activision last year he showed this group how to throw a serious bash. – DANG!), tons of kid and traditional activities to check off our list, and most importantly – mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday Mom! Okay – I’m early, but you can save that in your pocket until the proper day arrives.
Our holiday traditions are filled with countless things we look forward to each year. Like most we start with decorating the outside of the house so our holiday cheer will shine along with the rest of the neighborhood. Please join Krystal Wade as she tells us all about her exploits with hanging the lights for the season. I can tell you, we haven’t climbed up on our roof after our first year in this house. No Sir! – I am not married to Spider Man.
Having completed our shine and twinkle in the yard, we take it inside for the tree trimming and beyond. But none of this can happen without proper holiday melodies and munchies. This year I suggest Myndi’s Mother’s Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies and Shelia Seabrook’s Poppycock for everyone’s delight. A stop at Miss Jillian’s Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos is just what mommy needs for an ideal tension reducer. Especially after the kids are bouncing off the wall in an insane sugar high tripled with excitement over holiday festivities!
With goodies ready to fill our bellies and tasty drinks to wet mom’s lips the tree trimming can begin. I don’t usually talk writing here since I like to keep it an open forum for everyone, writers and non-writers alike, but K.B. Owens has a wonderful post relating tree decorating to writing your story – check it out.
Every year Gamer, Monkey and I like to cover our tree in unique and special mementoes. Memories of something significant to each of them from that particular year. As a result the tree gets covered in lots of personal and precious memories with each passing year. Here are some of the things we have done in the past. If you’d like to create similar ornaments, click on the picture to reveal its secret!
Are you getting your tree trimmed? You are well on your way to halfway there! It’s always best to get a head start on all those holiday cards. I tell you, I had best start now or who knows what could happen. Last year we never got a single card in the mail. Mud => face. Disney Family is a great source for homemade card ideas as well as Martha Stewart should you be brave enough to make your own.
Okay, so not a whole lot left for you to do, except… THE BIG DAY! The proper meal must be planned and the gifts determined and bought. Oh the pressure! Diana Capri has a wonderful post about how to gift the perfect gift. Need I say it? A book is always an excellent gift choice (unless your ten and fight reading time like it’s the plague, then refer to Tim for help with his weekly posts on children and reading).
Are you shopping for your holiday meal? Check out Ginger Calem’s Grocery Derby post. It’s a hoot! And although it was written with Thanksgiving in mind, I think we can totally relate this to Christmas as well. That’s the holiday I shop for. Fun times pushing that cart up and down the aisles between too many warm bodies. When planning that meal, you can’t do better than to check Nicole’s Daily Dish Recipes. She is bound to have what you need. But you will probably need these amazing pumpkin swirly cheesecake brownies for dessert because they look amazing! And both mommy and daddy will need to return to Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos for more liquid refreshments. This time I can’t decide between the gingerbread or the yummy Coca Liqueur. Mmmm
Did this help you organize your thoughts and get ready for the upcoming holiday? Have fun mixing, baking and creating. Now get out there and get shopping like a pretty pink princess with endless amounts of money!
Let the craziness begin!