Life is hectic. A fast-paced lifestyle
can be exhausting and stressful, yet we seem incapable
of changing the routines that motivate and affect our
reality. Therefore, it’s important to create
a sense of wonder, magic and meaning during the holiday
season. Decorate with style, entertain with graciousness,
create fun for family and friends, renew your spirit
with acts of kindness and discover the enchantment
we remember as children.
Try a few of these simple, meaningful suggestions to create memorable holiday
celebrations.Holiday book — Select a beautiful blank book and each year
record your holiday traditions and memories. Make note of the year, where you
lived, how you decorated and events that made your holiday special. Have holiday
visitors and guests add a greeting or memory. Include pictures of your tree,
your family and holiday entertaining.
Record any special gifts — given or received. Have each member of your
family write their best memory of the holiday season. Keep your book on a bookshelf
so it can be viewed and enjoyed.Christmas tree — Add a ‘memory’ ornament.
Start a family tradition by selecting an ornament that represents your yearly
vacation or a milestone event from each year. What a delightful way to relive
fond memories, year after year. Have children start an individual holiday tradition
by asking them to select an ornament to hang on the tree — years later,
when they leave home, give them their collection to decorate their first Christmas
This is also an endearing yearly, ‘gift
giving’ tradition for an aunt or uncle to adopt.
Give to others — Visit one of the ‘giving’ trees
that are placed in area malls or department stores.
Select a name and fulfill the needy child’s wish
for a special holiday present. If you have children,
include them in this heartwarming tradition. If allowed,
wrap with colorful holiday paper, pretty bows and add
a Christmas tree ornament for decoration, making it
a festive gift for any child to open.
Outings — Have everyone ‘dress up’ for a special evening
out — it could be a holiday musical concert, a local production of “A
Christmas Carol,” a downtown outing to enjoy holiday city lights with
dinner or late-night dessert, a church program with candlelight service or
an all-girls extravaganza. Half the fun is getting all gussied up to share
joyous moments with family and friends.
Decorate — Create an attractive home with inspired decorating. The holidays
are a perfect time to celebrate the season with simple, stylish touches. Highlight
your home’s entryway, dining room table and fireplace mantel with impressive
holiday décor that will greet visitors and welcome you home. Design
these three areas with displays that are unique, festive and emphasize your
personal style — don’t forget the mistletoe!
Baking — Nothing says the holidays liked home-baked cookies and decadent
candy. Your treasured family recipes can bring smiles and good cheer to neighbors
and friends. Organize a cookie exchange or give special bagged treats to guests
when they stop in for a holiday visit. Embellish the bags with beautiful holiday
decorations for a festive presentation.
Music — Put holiday CDs or tapes in your car. Get in the holiday spirit
by listening to your favorites the entire month of December — whether
it’s in your car or at home, you’ll be amazed at how much better
you feel listening to these classic holiday tunes.Themed entertaining — Think
of something just a little bit different. Organize a neighborhood Christmas
caroling party complete with warm drinks and spirits afterwards, gather friends
for a hearty breakfast, then caravan to a Christmas tree farm to cut your own
trees, invite friends for a potluck dinner and ice skating party, send invitations
for a father/daughter holiday luncheon or have a ‘costume holiday party’ with
each couple dressed as a different holiday.
Get your guests involved and create anticipation — I asked my pregnant
girlfriend and her husband to come as Labor Day! No matter what the event,
create a focal point centerpiece that carries out your theme.
Holiday entertaining is all about fun — keep it simple, easy and carefree.
Your personal touches will make it a truly unique experience.Holiday movies — Rent
or purchase a few favorites to share with family and friends. Play them throughout
the month for another sure fire way to get into the holiday spirit. Serve hot
cocoa with whipped crème and buttered popcorn to ensure rave reviews!
Christmas Eve — This is a special holiday tradition from my childhood.
After our evening meal, for dessert my mother served birthday cake (including
candles) with ice cream and we sang “Happy Birthday” to Baby Jesus.
Her message was simple — carry the spirit of giving in your heart by
celebrating and remembering the true meaning of Christmas.This year, take a
deep breath, relax and enjoy the company of great neighbors, friends and family.
Take comfort in the joys and blessings of being home for the holidays and create
memories and traditions that inspire living a beautiful life.
Diana specializes in interior arrangement, room design makeovers, color consultations
and relocating services. She has been assisting clients since 1986 and can
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