As for me, I have always loved this time--the waiting, the expecting, the hoping. I love the preparation for the big day. For me, it is more than just the material preparation. I make sure to take extra time each day for myself--to enjoy quiet reflection. It is that time that helps counter some of the commercial craziness that inevitably comes with Christmas. This is not to say I don't enjoy some of the material preparation! I have a mini-tree in my living room, a pine wreath hanging in the hall, and a snowman angel on our table.
Also, I am currently reading the Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook. I absolutely love it!! It was an early Christmas present from my mother and I've been up at night reading it in bed. This is more than just a Christmas cookbook--yes, it has beautiful, wonderful, yummy holiday dishes and treats, but it is much much more. Any kind of holiday party food you could want is all there in one book. My only problem is that I can't decide which recipes I want to make. I have a few holiday parties coming up and on Friday I am hosting book club here with my roommate so I do have some opportunities to test out the recipes.
I will keep you all updated as my Christmas preparations progress. Aside from making food for parties, I will be making treats to give as gifts and making some crafts for loved ones and tonight I am working on some holiday cards.
How are you preparing for the holidays? Whatever you do, don't forget to take time for yourself and remember why we do all of this preparation in the first place. Enjoy!