Christmas decorating, organizing and entertaining secrets
The Style at Home staff shares their tips for making the Christmas holidays stress-free.
To me the holidays are about time well spent and memories made. It’s about comfortable conversations around the table after a good meal. And about remembering friends with handmade gifts or an offer of time or talents ... and sharing with others. It’s a reminder to be grateful for just how lucky we are to live in such a great country. My survival tip for the holiday season is simple: Just keep it simple and the joy of the season will last longer! - Susan Rogers
The holidays are about spending time with the people that mean the most to us, but sometimes we’re so busy that it’s difficult to see even the most important ones. So, my family started a tradition: we celebrate with my cousins and their children the weekend before Christmas (and would have no problems doing it earlier if needed). We rotate hosting it and everyone brings an appetizer. This way, it’s a stress-free enjoyable day. – Karen Paddon
My secret is to actively plan for at least two trips to the grocery store (always first thing in the morning, when it’s quiet). Inevitably, people only go once, with an enormous list of everything they’ll need for baking, entertaining, etc., and then the store is out of one key item, or when they get home it turns out they’ve forgotten something. I always set aside time for another trip (maybe even two), so I won’t be stressed when I realize I don’t have one of the main ingredients I need, or when I get completely frustrated by the crowds. – Suzanne Moutis
- Page 1: Smart planning
- Page 2: Decorating with nature's bounty