Showing posts from January 2, 2011

The Last Jingle Bell

Getting the Most Out of the Holidays

Every year around this time, I think about what made the holidays more enjoyable and what didn't. Yesterday, I wrote about things that worked:

• Do the Christmas cards a year in advance • Giant Christmas cookies • Flameless candles • Tinsel Tree • Gift Bags
Let's take an honest look at what did not work and resolve to plan things differently next year.
One Week Or The Other, But Not Both As much as I enjoy having guests, two full weeks over Christmas & New Year's is too long. The first week before Christmas seems to work. Everyone is glad to be together for the holidays, and the week is filled with preparations for Christmas Day. The second week before New Year's has consistently been a drag. It's slow, it's a letdown from Christmas, and everyone is usually sleep-deprived. New Year's is one of those holidays that can be celebrated in a variety of ways. Alone or together, at a party with friends, at a big publi…