Baking: I love holiday treats. I have recipes that I make every year and I usually try to make at least one new treat each year. My go to’s are peanut butter cups, spice cookies, and mocha mint cookies. This year, I also added in Christmas cookie bars, which came to work with me for a coworkers birthday, and Chex Party Mix. I know, I know…you’re shocked that I’ve never made this delicious snack. In full disclosure, I’ve never made it because Mom has always made it and I was afraid to mess up something with fond memories/thoughts for me. But my first batch was a great success and is rapidly disappearing.
Decorations: I don’t do anything too crazy around the house but decorating is another thing that I love. I have a small home and I usually try to switch up what I do each year. This year, I elected to overhaul my mantle décor and go a little simpler than usual. And I love the results! I have Clark Griswold aspirations for the exterior but sadly, I have a ways to go.
|My 2014 runDisney Christmas tree|
Gifts: I am proud to say that my Christmas shopping is D-O-N-E! I have purchased approximately 75% of my gifts online this year which has made life infinitely more simple. And I kind of love the stack of boxes at home each evening. I’m pretty sure the UPS man could navigate to my house in his sleep at this point!
Stepping Back: With all the pressure and hustle bustle, I'm making a concerted effort to step back. My new tradition is sitting on the couch and enjoying the soft glow of the Christmas tree...sometimes with a glass of wine and sometimes with my favorite nuun flavor. It's a nice way to unwind each day and take in the spirit of the season.
What is your favorite part of the holiday season?