Hello everybody. Happy Holidays and welcome back to Mr. Blogger Boutique!
It's amazing how quickly this time of year approaches. Just a few months ago, Nealey and I were on a beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina watching fireworks on the 4th of July. It was an amazing time, but within a blink of an eye, school was starting in September, Halloween was creeping around the corner, and Thanksgiving was gobbling on down the road.
Whether you are shopping for school clothes, figuring out a costume or wondering what new dish to serve on Turkey Day (I made beer boiled shrimp as an appetizer), you seem to never catch a break once Summer is over. The worst part is, Fall is just the beginning! Chanukah, Christmas and New Year's are now here and it seems as if there is no end in sight...
Well guess what..You are in luck. Mr. Blogger's advice to you this holiday season is simply this: DON'T PANIC. If you want to prevent your holiday season from getting out of control and avoid a Clark W. Griswold melt down, you need to approach these holidays in a laid back manner. Impossible you say? Well...maybe. Getting frustrated or flustered however, will only exacerbate any organization problems you already have.
I grew up with cats and when we were done opening gifts on Christmas morning, they had a field day ripping apart loose wrapping paper. For those of you with pets, there is a simple solution. Keep them away!! (in-laws too...just kidding)
Do you have family coming over? Do you have to entertain them this holiday season? Let's be honest with each other. We all love seeing our family and friends...but we don't like moving Heaven and Earth to accommodate them. Since holidays are supposed to be fun and not frantic, keep things simple. Ask others to bring a dish or appetizer instead of slaving away for hours in a hot kitchen. If your father shows up with nothing but a bottle of Jack Daniels, tell him to get lost. Everyone should contribute to your holiday gathering because it is supposed to be fun and relaxing, not stressful!!
This holiday season, don't bend over backwards if you don't have to. Think about simple ways to prevent a gift wrapping/opening mess. Stop making food for thirty if your family is giving you looks that are dirty. Keep things simple. Imagine your perfect holiday season and do what you can to spend it that way. This year take the stress out, because that's what the holidays are all about.
Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas to all! Come back in the new year, Mr. Blogger will be here.