Are you alone right now? I mean, can we talk? Great; if that's the case, I'm going to give you the ONLY how-to tip you're gonna find here. I'm going to advise you to stop ALL of your holiday must-do's, pour yourself a nice, steamy mug of whatever you're craving, pop open a bag of biscotti that (spoiler alert!) someone else made - commercial or otherwise, and just set for awhile.
Yep, that's it. No advice from me on creating the perfect dinner, gift, decor, holiday cookies. Because you still have days to go before the Big Event, and I bet you're already so tired you're fresh out of enthusiasm for everything. Even that big sprig of mistletoe isn't so inspiring right now (and you KNOW how much fun that is)!
So, this is my gift to you. A big, fresh, steaming mug of relaxation, and absolutely nothing to learn, organize, or get inspired by.
Stop wishing you had whatever gene all of those amazing go-getters you keep hearing about; the one that keeps them so busy crocheting pine tree warmers or organizing a sit down dinner for 100 on a weeknight. They don't get to stop and smell the coffee, and what a shame that is, right?
Remember, the best gift you can give those who love you is your happy self. And, if your happy self emerges while custom-embossing your hand made gift wrap, why - by all means knock yourself out.
But it could be your happy self will also enjoy the serenity of a lovely coffee break, and a few minutes of quiet time, and not trying to do EVERYTHING those fabulous holiday how-to articles suggest. Why, you might find that mistletoe looking pretty inviting after all.
And wouldn't that be the best gift ever - for your loved ones and yourself? So, enjoy yourself this holiday season, but remember that time to savor special moments are the best gift of all.
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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf.
While there is no end to the personality of a well-heeled table, there is something to be said for the elegant simplicity of the under-stated table.
New Year Reflections: Loved Ones Around the Table
Take this day, this month and the new year to reflect with gratitude on the blessings small and large which have come your way. For so many that are in loss, may peace be upon you as you move forward with memories and love. Some of our loved ones get to be around our table this year, and some reside in our hearts.
Fall is approaching. There's a tinge in the morning air and the leaves will be arrayed in vibrant color soon. All of this seasonal change calls for delicious comfort food and equally delectable artisan handcrafted dinnerware.