I love the holidays. The lights! The decorations! The parties! The shopping! Yes, call me a consumerist, but I love buying gifts for friends and family during the holidays. There are a lot of people on my list, and it gets very expensive, but I still love it. Having a happy holiday season is important to me. Last year I had a hard time overcoming the stresses of the season but this year I’m determined to stop worrying about how I’m going to get everything done. I’m going to get dressed up, go out and have fun!
It seems like the Christmas season starts earlier and earlier every year as the stores try to get in on all that holiday shopping money. I am always a little shocked to hear Christmas carols in the stores in November. Can’t we at least wait until after Thanksgiving? I guess not. But it does serve to remind me that the holidays are on their way, and that I need to get my shopping list organized, figure out what I’m going to do about my Christmas Cards, and fantasize about what I’ll wear to the holiday parties.
My husband and I took this video early in November, before the holiday spectacle really got going. The night was cold and clear, the outdoor mall not yet filled with holiday shoppers. It was a lovely evening. I wore a my versatile black slip dress with a red cashmere sweater and a little belt, which somehow took the outfit from frumpy to chic. Over it all my faux leopard fur coat kept me almost warm enough.
Happy Holiday Shopping
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How I Enjoy a Happy Holiday Season
At this point I should probably leap into a list of recommendations on how to get organized, what kind of lists to create, how to set up a wrapping station at home, la la la. But no, I’m not going to do that, even though they are all good suggestions. Instead I encourage you to embrace the holiday season with all its craziness. Yes, the malls are crowded. Yes, Christmas music is everywhere. I don’t like crowded situations and although I rather like holiday music, when it starts on November 1st by late December even I might be getting a little bored of it. It can all be a little overwhelming, but I find that if I go with the flow I have a much better time. In years past I would try to get my shopping done early. No more. This year I’ll throw myself out there in December and hope for the best and I’ll get dressed up for any and every holiday party. For me, life is just too short to wear jeans everywhere, and if I don’t wear my burn-out velvet party dress and red glitter nail polish at Christmas then when will I wear it?
How do you have a happy holiday season? Any advice?