#1 – Decorate outside early. Decorate everywhere simply.
Slowly our neighborhood is transforming into a holiday wonderland.
Those of us who don’t do Black Friday spent last Friday, a warmish, dry day, putting out holiday decorations. Everyone who I saw outside seemed happy, although a few people were mowing their lawns for reasons unclear to me.
We never do more exterior decorating than a couple of lighted wreaths on two windows and a few nets of multi-colored lights on some bushes by the front door.
As for the inside of the house, we’ve gone with one skinny decorated Christmas tree in the TV room, a small jingle bell wreath on the hutch in the kitchen, an antique nativity scene in the dining room, a growing Amaryllis in the living room + a stack of cutesy decorative boxes in the foyer in place of fresh flowers.
EZPZ. And it’s festive enough.
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#2 – Do not have a big holiday office party at The house.
For the first time in five years we aren’t having a holiday party on the first Friday in December.
This means that we haven’t needed to move half of our furniture into the basement or garage so that our 50+ guests have somewhere to stand. We don’t have cases of wine and beer and other libations piled in the garage.
We aren’t running to the grocery to buy all the ingredients to make dips and create cheese plates. And we have not ordered even one plate of sandwiches or cookies that need to be picked up after 4:00 pm the day of the party.
To say I feel carefree and giddy this week is an understatement.
Not being a hostess rocks.
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#3 – Disengage from the holiday crazy whenever possible.
Considering I decided that 2015 would be the year of the recluse, my holiday social calendar is delightfully almost empty.
To wit, I’m doing one special event each week in December. This way I hope to not be overwhelmed with travel and holiday attire and food + booze and Christmas-obsessed extraverted people who
inexplicably enjoy this time of year.
Nope, this year I’m putting myself in the holiday mood by avoiding as much of the holiday hoopla as I can.
Paradoxical, perhaps. But that’s my happy plan.
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AND YOU, MY GENTLE READERS, WHAT’S UP WITH YOU THIS MONTH OF
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