I love this time of year. The christmas tree glowing with the twinkle of their lights, a warm fire crackling in the fireplace, snuggled up and cozy with some decadent candles lit and music playing in the background. For many people however it is a time of hectic schedules, frantic rushing to finish gift shopping and just a feeling of hurriedness to get the holidays over with.
However, during this time of year I think it is imperative that we take our time and have an elegant holiday. Here are some ideas on how to create your own elegant holiday so that you can slow down and enjoy this most cozy time of year.
+Decorate With Lots of Christmas Lights – Is there anything more elegant than the glow of christmas lights? I like to decorate the tree and the fireplace mantle with christmas lights and then I turn all of the lights out and just let them illuminate the living room. It is a simple way to just slow down and be in the present moment to appreciate this special sight that only happens this time of year. Curl up on the sofa with a good movie or book and just enjoy this time.
+Enjoy A Seasonal Hot Drink – Every other month of the year I am a latte girl. Just a good strong coffee and milk and that’s all I need. But during christmastime I like to indulge a little with a peppermint mocha or homemade hot chocolate. They are warm and comforting and it is a way of brining a little sweetness into the holiday without overdoing it on cakes and cookies. I especially like to make them for friends and family as I love sharing simple moments with them over a good cup of coffee.
+Enjoy The Process of Wrapping A Gift – There is something meditative and fun about wrapping a gift. You get to choose a beautiful wrapping paper with bows and then you get to wrap a gift that you’re so excited to give someone. So make yourself a cup coffee, put on your favorite christmas playlist and enjoy the process of wrapping an exquisite gift for someone special.
+Enjoy A Seasonal Novel (or Movie) – Tis the season to stay home and curl up under a cozy blanket with a delightful novel or movie. There is something so inviting about being at home under your favorite throw blanket reading a delightful novel or watching a movie centered around this time of year. It puts you in such a relaxing and seasonal mood.
+Make Your Own Plans – It is your holiday after all! Let go of all the to-do lists, shopping lists, trying to make a pinterest worthy holiday and just be. Be with those you love making memories, be with yourself doing something indulgent and fun, be in the moment and stop trying to be everything to everyone and just enjoy the fun of the holiday. When you think about the fact that in life we’ll most likely get less than 100 christmases in our lifetime, you really stop to realize that you don’t need it to look a certain way as much as you need to just enjoy the time you have with it.