Are you surviving the Season? Stop for just a moment to brew some Celestial Season Holiday tea and perhaps snack on cinnamon toast. I'll cut the bread with cookie cutters, as I did when Stephanie was little. :)
Christmas can be stressful, it seems to magnify all our emotions, doesn't it? Perhaps because there are many expectations and so many memories are wrapped up in this Season. Things to ponder...
On a brighter note, I rarely watch Saturday Morning TV but yesterday morning Nigella was going to be on The Food Network for two half hour shows, both pertaining to Christmas. I love to watch Nigella cook.
I have heard unkind remarks about her but I personally think she is wonderful and at least she is... clothed. Which is more than I can say about some TV personalities (yes, even cooking shows).
I'm not doing any entertaining this year but I came away with a couple new recipes to try as well as a way to cut potatoes for roasting. How much fun it was to sip my morning coffee and watch her put together Holiday menus which probably cost as much as I spend for months of food. But it made my heart sing and I learned a lot, which I can use on a frugal budget. Potatoes are cheap.
One of the years when hubby was sick and out of work, with no income for over a year, he noticed I was watching either a cooking or decorating show and asked me... why? I could not afford those meals or that house. Well, for one thing... hope. The hope for that one wonderful meal I can prepare and there is always so much to learn about cooking and baking. The hope that one day I'd have a sweet place to decorate again (which I do now). :)
If we wait for perfect circumstances to read, or watch, or learn, or try a recipe, or look through magazines for ideas... we will never learn and prepare... perfection will always be just out of reach. For skill only comes with doing something over and over and it is only when we are prepared that we can cook.. or bake... or decorate... or write... or sing (well, not me)... or play a musical instrument... or any other creative endeavor... when the times does come.
All this to say that my Christmas season will not be perfect and neither will yours. Some things will not get done that I wanted to do giving limitations of time and money. Others are being enjoyed each day as I think through the hours ahead and choose how to spend them wisely. But that doesn't stop me from embracing Christmas.
I can look at pictures of houses decorated belonging to people who are far beyond my tax bracket. Within those pictures I see ideas to use in my own home on a smaller scale, as well as objects to be on the lookout for at thrift shops and garage sales.
The same with cooking shows and magazines where menus are far beyond my budget... but I can take one or two ideas and recreate them at home for much less.
Never perfect but always learning...