Tis the Season....

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TIS THE SEASON....

5 days left and it’s my plan to throw a few things your way that will propel you into DONE-DOM.  The to-do list for us all at Christmas can be overwhelming and unending.  I seem to add something new to mine daily and have yet to deal with the mini mountain of gifts that have occupied the corner of our bedroom for a month now. I’m going to share a few ideas with you and throw out a nugget of ole gammy advice.  Here goes…


 I’ve adopted a concept this year and it’s my first recommendation:  

1.  Say ENOUGH -not in  martyr mode or with sarcasm,  but with the sounds of chirping birds in the background hanging strings of popcorn on the trees outside your window.  We all have too much and this year I’ve decided to preface all gift opening with the simple statement…”hope everyone is happy with the surprises Santa found for you this year and I pray you are going to keep the Christmas spirit alive when you realize we did a little less. “    

2.  MAKE THESE COOKIES.  Buy a couple of the  Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix pack and make according to directions but add 2 tsp. almond extract - per pack. Sprinkle with silver sugar before baking and it will “stick” when they’re done.  When cookies are cool, form them into your version of the double doozie by filling them with frosting made of 1 stick softened butter, 2 - 4 tsp almond extract, a box of powdered sugar and water to form a consistency that is spreadable (is that a word?) but firm. (This recipe is for one batch so if you make multiple, adjust your frosting accordingly.)  After pressing the cookies together into a sandwich, roll them in beautiful sugar beads to coat the exposed frosting.  Tah-dah!  You have just created a cookie that your family and friends will gobble up and beg for more.  (Don't be alarmed at the snowflake cookie pic I used.  That person was more ambitious than I was.)
 
3.  SURPRISE your family with something they’d never expect you to do!  This could be a Dirty Santa game that you create completely on your own with items you find around your stash or the Dollar Tree (my treasure trove) or with an awesome game like Charades, complete with prizes at the end. (Nothing much, a pack of bubble gum or a dollar bill - if you set the bar too high you can go no where but up.) Sometimes we mama’s get a bad wrap cause we’re tired and feel like we can’t pull one more thing off - heck we’re barely pulling off washing our hair because some genius created dry shampoo and it’s practically eliminated the need!  (I’m in dirty hair denial.)  You can do this, it’s a simple idea.

And lastly, but most importantly…
4. CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY - Our pastor, Chris Hodges, preaches on this fairly often.  It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, they’ll most likely still be there whether you choose to be in good spirits or bad.  Happiness is often a choice and I encourage you to CHOOSE IT.   Not only will your anxiety level plummet, but your family will tuck away good memories that will follow them all their lives.

Ho Ho Ho!
See you next year!  (Ha! Pulling from my dad’s joke archive.)
Leigh Ann