Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. The past year has been so busy and wonderful, and now it’s time to prepare for some celebrations. Tarek and I always enjoy the holidays. Here’s how we like to prepare!
We don’t like to make too many commitments at this time of the year and risk feeling rushed; we want to enjoy our family and friends. I find it far more rewarding to attend a few choice celebrations with those closest to us, than to try to make it to every holiday event we get an invite for.
It can be a nice change to spend the end of the year taking things slowly and appreciating the small moments that make life wonderful. For instance, I look forward to making Tarek’s favorite chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. We sit and enjoy them together and have a chance to actually talk and connect over a delicious meal, and it’s far less work than a three-course dinner.
Embracing the Season
Because it doesn’t snow here in southern California, it doesn’t always feel like winter. When we can’t get to the snow, it’s important to make an extra effort to make it feel (and smell) like winter here at home. I put out fresh pine greens and wreaths for decoration, and use scented candles in all varieties of spicy, warm scents. Baking the occasional holiday treat can also make the house smell amazing.
When it comes to getting your house ready for the season, there’s no need to limit holiday decor just to the tree. Sprinkling holiday cheer into other rooms in the house makes the atmosphere festive and really ties together the theme. Adding a pop of Christmas colors or silver and gold — perhaps by swapping out pillows or placing small seasonal arrangements on end tables and mantelpieces — can really change the look and feel of a room. I try to carry my rustic glam style throughout the decor of the house, to make the whole place feel cozy and welcoming.
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