Sunday, November 1

Holiday Survival, It's a "No" Thing

Holiday Survival, funny thought really. Survival means "to continue to live," as if getting through the holidays was literally a life and death situation. But here it is, are you living through them, really living? Over the years I have burned myself out during the holidays by saying yes to everything such as volunteering for various events, going to too many parties, baking too many cookies, cakes, and pies, eating too much, spending too much money, trying to please everyone, buying too many gifts and for too many people, the list goes on. I often got to the other side of the holidays and asked myself, "did I even enjoy this, did I even remember the reason for the season, or did I just get through it?" I may have survived them but I didn't live them.

Over the last few years, I have pondered Holiday Survival and have come up with ways to survive or really live them by saying "No" to or setting boundaries on...

1. Obligatory tasks- tasks that I have been "guilted" into
2. Things that take me away from my family
3. Requests that take me away from my personal goals
4. All the things mentioned in the above paragraph that I overdid in the past

By doing this, I have cleared up more time for family and friends, completed my shopping and cooking early, and surprisingly found more time to reflect on the reason for the season.

Don't endure the holidays, enjoy them.

Recipes from BRK...

For the Thanksgiving Table:
Dig Deep or Seven Layer Salad
How to Roast Beets
Corn Pudding
Boursin Mashed Potatoes
Leftover Ham- Pepper Jelly Ham
Pumpkin Cake Rolls

Simple little treats for quick entertaining...
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Tiny Brie Bites
Cannoli Bites
Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cake
White Castle-like Sliders
Nacho Bar

Brunch Ideas
Quick Cinnamon Rolls
Quick Crustless Quiche
Baked Apples
Mini Baked Brie Cups

Homemade Hostess Gifts
Gourmet Caramel Apple Kit
Hot Chocolate Pods
Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce
Sugar Scrub

And for giggles...
How I Handle Leftover Halloween Candy

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Season!

Robin Sue

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