Christmas is my favorite season. Merry and Bright will be a weekly feature detailing our holiday season.
For me “the holidays” begin on November 1st. At that point in time I start working on Christmas cards, planning meals, organizing decorations and turning up the Christmas tunes. We really don’t get started with decorating until after Thanksgiving.
The day after Thanksgiving is our tree trimming party. Due to cost and a cat we have an artificial tree, but I still love it. I am very hands off about the decorating. I’m help put out other small decorations, but I let the kids decorate the tree. Our ornaments are a mishmash of wooden painted ornaments my parents had in the 70s, kid crafts, and unbreakable baubles (wooden, metal, or fabric mostly). We have a few breakable ornaments, but they are up high. My Granny’s vintage ornaments are packed in a box (half I gave to a dear friend) to put out when the kids and cat are older.
After putting up the tree we let the kids watch Christmas movies and then dinner is typically “party food.” Our menu this year was little smokies, muffin-tin pot pies, chips and dips, and then some leftover Thanksgiving pie. We were actually too full and sick of sweets to bake cookies or make cocoa.
*note: I know Hope doesn’t look thrilled in that pic, but she had fair warning it was for the blog.
We also put our holiday display out at work. Our blind date with a book was so popular that we decided to revamp it for the holidays and encourage folks to check-out books for the winter break. Thanks to our creative student-employees this display looks great!
I’m in the home stretch at work. I have presentations and meetings galore next week. Then it is full on Christmas time for me!
This weeks holiday to-do list:
- Order picture cards for family
- Christmas card list / check addresses
- Send out first batch of cards
- Figure out baking and supplies
- Make a list of Christmas treat platters needed for neighbors, work, and parties
- Buy wrapping supplies
- Shopping (I’m nearly done with the kid’s shopping and I know what i have to buy)
- Start wrapping!
Hope your season is Merry and Bright!