Last night, good Dr. Steve and I participated in one of our favorite holiday traditions: watching the wonderful Christmas movie, A Christmas Story.
Just as we have for the last 18 years, we turned to one another at the end and said, "That is the best Christmas movie ever made!"
Earlier in our marriage? Meshing two sets of holiday traditions wasn't as simple as watching movies together. His way, her way needed to become our way. How did we simplify and harmonize two sets of holiday traditions?
Get ready for Christmas with holiday help from sister site Organized Christmas.
Shorter days mean darker evenings; time for a lighting check! Circle the house to replace any burned-out light bulbs. Do dark hallways need a nightlight for safety? Prepare a cozy home for Winter.
What's for dinner ... on Christmas Day? Christmas Eve? New Year's Day?
The only one who should wing it when it comes to holiday meals? The turkey. Smart cooks know that a written menu plan calms chaos in the kitchen, and never more so than before a big holiday feast. A written menu plan makes it easy to spot bottlenecks at oven and cookstove, sorts serving dishes, and organizes potluck contributions.
Today, make out a simple menu plan for each holiday meal remaining in the season. It'll be your road map in the holiday kitchen: