Keep Calm and Holiday On

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December is crazy and wonderful and stressful and awesome all at the same time. I’m sure you feel it, too. There are festive lights and music at every turn. People are constantly showing up with treats and, if you’re lucky, inviting you to parties. You get to see more of your friends and family. It’s fantastic. It’s exhausting.

But sometimes life can just overwhelm you in December. I’m supposed to be writing an outstanding post for you this evening, but instead I’m prepping food for my husband’s office Christmas party tomorrow night. My brain is completely fried from the insane couple of weeks that I’ve had at work, and there just seems like there’s no time to catch up with life. 

So instead, I’m going to share a few tips on how to survive the crazy awesomeness of the holidays without losing your mind or spending all your money. I mean, if you were rich, you could just go and get a massage every day of your life and hire a housekeeper and a personal shopper and a decorator etc etc…

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#1 Always always always cut your bacon with scissors. Chances are, you’re going to be making swiss and bacon dip for a party. I mean, I just did. Scissors, baby. Don’t make it hard.

#2 Whatever you do, don’t run out of cheap booze. Whether it’s a bottle of vodka in the freezer or a $6 bottle of white wine in the fridge, keep it stocked. I should say it’s to share with surprise holiday visitors, but we all know it’s for those evenings when it’s either sit down and have a drink and forget about it or scream at everyone who walks by. December is tough. Be nice to yourself.

#3 Sing Christmas songs everywhere you go, even if people can hear you. They might think you’re crazy. They might also think it’s charming and join in. Either way, it will make you smile.

#4 Buy yourself a cheap little present. I know, Christmas is supposed to be about giving, but shopping for the perfect present is hard. If you find a cookbook by your favorite kitchen goddess that just happens to be on sale for ridiculously cheap, get it! I mean GEEEEET IIIIIIIIT!!!!! You worked hard, and nobody else is going to get it for you.

#5 Scale back. If you’re anything like me, no one else’s expectations are nearly as high as your own. Every inch of your house doesn’t have to look like a magazine. You don’t have to serve an eight course meal. Remember that the holidays are a time for hope and love and togetherness. Take a deep breath and remember that you are enough. I’m talking to myself here.

Be kind this holiday season, kids. We’re all living the best we know how. Try and take it easy. Give out some hugs and high fives. Keep calm and be awesome.

More delicious amazing cheap awesomeness is in our very near future. I promise.

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