OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST HOLIDAY EVER:
GIFTS THAT SAY, I KNOW, LOVE & CELEBRATE YOU
We're gathering ideas and objects here at the shop that will help you show your joy of giving. Yes, it's a bit weird this holiday season, but it's also forcing us to take a sharp look at how we express our thankfulness in food, decorations, the wrapping of gifts, or simply dropping a special note in the mail.
Since it's unlikely you're following tradition this year with big family gatherings or travel, I wanted to take this time to share some tidbits that help me re-think my holiday expectations. I know already that I'll be doing things with real intent, not just because it's the "usual thing" to do. Maybe these 2 articles and the “giving rules” they suggest will help you change up gift giving this year:
THE ‘FOUR PRESENT RULE’
by Melissa Penfold
Where do you draw the line with gifts? Piles of gifts, so quintessential to Christmas, have a lot of emotional freight. Are they right, are they wasteful, does anyone need more stuff? Save time and money this Christmas with the ‘four present rule’ which sees parents gift their children a maximum of four presents: something they want, need, wear and read.
IT HAS TO BE GONE BY SUNDOWN
So I told my mother I'd come home for Christmas, but DO NOT give me any gifts. I don't need or want anything. Nothing. Not a single thing. Bah humbug!
Mothers do not change so easily. Mine loves Christmas. She loves Christmas presents the most. Somewhere in the pile there would always be a beige sweater from Kohl's department store.
The madness stops now. She cried. I called back.
This Christmas my Mom and I have a agreed on a rule: It's gotta be gone by sunset on Christmas Day. That means its either edible, drinkable, readable or immediately re-giftable.
CHRISTMAS ISN'T CANCELLED
Our homes this year have become offices, schools, playgrounds. But now is the time to transform them into magical places for joy, comfort, and celebration.
This Christmas will be different, but we still need that feeling of festivity, familiarity and togetherness that the holidays and the foods that go with them provide.
My check list for holiday pleasure:
1. Cut myself some slack by ordering out. Jarrett and I will be supporting local chefs while giving each other more focused time together.
2. Streamline the decorating. I'm cutting greenery from surrounding trees and shrubs and getting creative with simple stems to lend a simplified, natural feeling to the rooms we use most. It helps that we have so many beautiful magnolia, holly and camellias in our yard!
3. Splurging on good wine. I know- easy for us to say since Jarrett owns a wines store- but I truly believe this is the time of year to forgo the usual "everyday" wines and reach for something special. Maybe you've been saving a bottle or two for just this occasion?
4. Up my lounge game. The typical jeans and sweat shirt that define my at-home hours will be replaced by cashmere, silk and satin. Did I mention the glass of champagne that goes with?
5. Light more candles. I have some scented favorites that set the perfect, quiet tone I'm after this season. Lumira’s Cuban Tobacco and Sicilian Citrus are 🖤
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you.”— Anne Lamott