The last thing in the world we want is to add to the list of things one should or ought to do around the holidays. Rather, we've noticed in recent years, that these are some things we've chosen from the endless multitude of options we have at this time of year, to participate in the season. Engaging in the season helps us feel connected to what's going on outside and in our human race. This is how we delight each of our senses and make our homes feel cozy. We share them to inspire, not to overwhelm. Pick some, not all. We wish you a peaceful and sweet Christmas weekend.
- Greenery: Check to see if you can get free trimmings from your local hardware store. We scored some that we put in vases and old whiskey bottles. This is a great way to bring some natural seasonal elements inside besides the tree.
- Lights: Whether you string lights on the tree, light candles, or have a fire in the fireplace, that glow makes the longer evenings warmer.
- Wrapped Gifts and Wrapping: You can wrap gifts as you complete or purchase them, and let the wrapped gifts pile up. We even keep our paper rolls and ribbon spools out.
- Received Christmas Cards: Since, our (Maddie and Mitch) ornament collection is small, we like to tuck cards we receive into our tree.
- Stockings: Whether you plan to stuff them or not, hanging stockings creates a childlike ambiance.
- Christmas Village and Trinkets: We (Maddie and Mitch) inherited village pieces from both sides of our family and really enjoy setting them up and lighting them up in the evening. I (Cord) have a small collection of my grandma's trinkets that I put around.
- Christmas Movies: It's not all about the decorating. There are tons of Christmas movies that are fun to re-watch at this time of year, and not specific Christmas movies that are also great. Harry Potter is a favorite. A few classics are Miracle on 31st Street, It's a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, and White Christmas.
- Essential Oils: Here are three blends we love for those of you with diffusers and oils.
- Simmer Pots: This is a lovely way to make your kitchen and entire house fragrant with the smells of the season.
- Christmas Candles: Candles are the double whammy for their warm glow and yummy smells.
- Peppermint Chocolate Cake: Cake is a nice alternative to cookies, if like me (Maddie, you like to put it in the oven once and be done. And what is better than peppermint and chocolate?
- Chicken Noodle Soup: with a soda on the side, or not, but either way its for the soul.
- Cocoa: We love to add a little peppermint to warm cold bodies after a good play in the snow.
- Spiced Nuts: These are great for snacking on while you enjoy your favorite holiday movie.
- Dried Oranges: These are fun to make and add a lovely orange glow on your tree or in place of a Christmas bow.
- Popcorn and Cranberry Garlands: Stringing these to adorn an otherwise pretty naked tree is a favorite tradition while we watch The Holiday. These garlands also look lovely draped over your window.
- Writing cards and Making Tags: if you still have time and extra creative energy, this is a lovely holiday passtime.