How Preparation Will Save Your Holiday Sanity

December 1, 2018 Published by
Share on:
Voiced by Amazon Polly

I don’t want to alarm you, darlings, but Hanukkah begins tomorrow, AND there are just a few more weeks until Christmas. In other words, the holidays are upon us. Planning is the key to enjoying all of the festivities that the holiday season has to offer without feeling frenzied.  Here’s how preparation can save your holiday sanity…and where to start!

Image via QuinnCooperStyle

Stock up on essentials

Around the holidays people will frequently drop by unexpectedly, or one is invited to a holiday gathering at the last moment. Stock up on necessities, so you don’t have to scramble to enjoy the season.

Here’s my suggestion: If people tend to stop by your home this time of year, keep the ingredients for a quick appetizer and cocktails on hand at all times. Think non-perishable such as a cheese tray with dried apricots, nuts and honey. (Gourmet cheeses, thanks to aging, tend to have very long shelf lives.)

Red wine is optimally served at about 60 to 65 degrees, but it’s certainly acceptable to serve red wine at room temperature, making it an easy libation to have on hand. Finally, keep one or two wrapped hostess gifts tucked away. Trust me; these ready-to-go gifts will be a lifesaver at least once this holiday season!

If you are PLANNING on having guests over for the holidays and you need some entertaining inspiration, last year I shared three of my favorite holiday recipes: Latkes, beef tenderloin and apple pie. If you’d like to revisit those recipes, they can be found here. And speaking of latkes…

A quick note about Hanukkah

I know that so many of you celebrate Christmas and I know that you are likely in the throes of many weeks of celebration leading up to Christmas day.

In my opinion, the two most beautiful and festive holidays of the year take place in December, and though they are different, they are also very similar. Families gather together to celebrate the occasions, the avenues in our cities are lit up, and lights shine in our homes. Christmas trees light many of your homes, and a lit menorah illuminates mine.

Hanukkah celebrates the Jewish people’s victory over the Syrian Greek army that led to restoring and rededicating the Holy Temple back to the Jewish peoples in 165 B.C. Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication” is the Festival of Lights.

Though Christmas is magical and there is love and sharing in the air, I realized at a young age that Christmas was not my holiday. Christmas belonged to my Christian friends. Hanukkah belonged to me. I would delight in sharing Christmas with them, and they would delight in sharing Hanukkah with me.

For my non-Jewish darlings who would like to learn more about Hanukkah and what life was like as a Jewish girl growing up surrounded by Christmas in a small town, please read my story here. How do you think I felt? The answer may surprise you.

Store extra gifts

No matter your religion, it’s hard to survive the holiday season without gifting and giving holiday gifts has always been a joy for me! That is unless…have you ever been caught off guard when someone you know gives you a gift unexpectedly? I certainly have!

Stock up on some universal gifts — luscious candles are always divine. At the end of the season, you can always return what you don’t end up giving away or simply save for an upcoming birthday.

As far as shopping goes, I do recommend you finish shopping as early as possible. When you are out rushing around to pick up last minute gifts, you don’t have the chance to truly enjoy the holidays. If you typically ask for a wish list from family members, get it early. If you hand-select gifts that you think will delight, as I do, starting early make the experience all the more magical.

Card via postable.

Electronic holiday cards… a holiday blessing!

Preparing and sending holiday cards can be a huge time-consuming task.  Thank goodness for technology. Thanks to sites like Postable.com, a company that mails real paper cards to everyone on your list, this task can be made stunningly simple.But crossing one thing off your to do list does NOT mean you have time to do it all. We have to pick and choose, don’t we? Yes, life is full of decisions and priorities.

Remember, darlings, to prioritize! The most meaningful aspect of the holidays is spending time with the people you cherish. You can’t attend every party or volunteer at every charity event and still stay sane. Prioritize your commitments and your celebrations and always, always embrace the moments that come your way with joy and love.

I would so love to hear about your holiday traditions and festivities. Do tell! And, to my Jewish darlings, I wish you each a very happy Hanukkah. Please share your thoughts with me via TwitterFacebookPinterest, Instagram or in the comments section below.

Honey Good Signature

If you enjoyed this story, please subscribe to my email list. Once a day, when I post a new story, you will receive it in your inbox. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Share on:

Related Posts


10 Comments

  • Lily Iatridis says:

    Can you add links to the “Related Posts” at the bottom of your articles? Many of the titles and photos look interesting, and I’d love to be able to easily visit them.

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      I just checked. You can click onto the story at the bottom of my story of the day and read. Am I missing something? Write to me at honey@honey.com if you need my help or if I am misunderstanding you. Warmly, Honey

  • Pat Hildebrand says:

    Do you seriously not know where the silverware goes on a table setting?

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Hi Pat! How are you? Yes, I know the fork goes on the left however that photo is not of my table setting, it is from Quinn Cooper Style, who is credited in the caption. I find it to be a beautiful tablescape, regardless. Thank you for commenting! I appreciate your eye for detail.

  • Lisa Rubin says:

    Although it’s not even among the top Jewish holidays, Chanukah is easily recognizable for the dreidels, latkes and candle lit menorahs. It’s a happy time and fills me with good memories (sour cream or apple sauce? ) and gratitude to be able to celebrate another Chanukah with my family!

  • Martha winney says:

    Bon Voyage! Have a great adventure!

  • Martha winney says:

    Bon Voyage! Have a great adventure!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *