Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Day After…

As an event planner for nonprofits and small businesses, I often find myself a little sad the day after a big event. (Don’t misunderstand, I also find myself exhausted as well…) But there’s that small part of me that wishes it wasn’t yet over.

Christmas is like that too…there’s the shopping, the decorating, the cooking, the wrapping, the planning, the traveling and the visiting. Then there’s the quiet when in the house when everyone has gone home, the leftovers are in the fridge and you get to sit down and rest your feet. The hustle and bustle is over. Reality sets in (like 12 loads of dishes going non-stop for the next few days), and it’s time to go back to work.

2016-12-25-18-34-27As exhausted as you are (Abby included), when it’s over, you still long for that excitement just a little bit longer. One more laugh from one of the little ones…one more smile from one of the older ones…the twinkle of lights on the tree…one more memory that can never be duplicated and can never fade away.

On this day after Christmas, as I head back to work reflecting on the amazing memories I made with family and friends this past week (and year), I am reminded that it doesn’t have to be a holiday to spend time with those you love. The excitement and merriment that is Christmas can be every day. If only you will let it be.

That is my wish for this coming year – for me and for you. That “the day after” is always as memorable as the day before.

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Presence Over Presents

Many of you already know this, but some of you may not follow me on social media to see all the photos, so thought I would share it here! You see, I have something called OCD – Obsessive Christmas Disorder!
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That’s right – I LOVE the Christmas holiday..for many reasons. There is the obvious one-the real reason for the season. But there’s also other reasons. A couple years ago some friends and I decided to stop buying gifts for each other and instead we put together “experiences” – we’re making memories with each other that are more valuable than presents. We choose “presence” over “presents.” Best decision we ever made.

Additionally, this time of year I spend countless hours decorating my house with various themed trees (10 this year!) because it brings me joy. And my nieces and nephews can’t wait to explore the house to see what’s new each year.
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But most importantly, every year on Christmas Eve I host lunch for about 30 people at my house. Children of all ages and food of all kinds. It’s a complete madhouse and I love it! I hope you have plans with your family and friends this coming week. Traditions new or old, they are priceless.

How would your family and friends react to the idea of giving “presence over presents?”

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