As my kids get older, the holiday celebration changes. I don't mind at all that there are fewer school obligations (Does any parent actually like classroom parties, or was I just a bad mother?) I kept busy in the kitchen instead. No matter what cookies I make, the little brownies are always the favorite. Sticking a few cupcake picks on a tray of them makes them even more festive.
I had a little party one evening for some of my favorite people - the women who work at the post office, who make my almost-daily trips there a delight instead of a dreaded chore. (Pretty sure our post office is staffed with the nicest, friendliest, smartest people anywhere.) Fussing with table arrangements is one of my favorite holiday activities.
Where most of the cooking takes place. (Note diminished supplies of flour, sugar and salt in canisters.) I had a lot more on these shelves when I first started decorating. Then I took a lot of it away.
Today's the first day I felt that little tug of wanting to get started on the new year ... plans and projects racing through my mind, goals I'm pretty excited about. But there's another part of me that wants the festive season to last. I suspect the holidays are going to win. That's just fine with me.
p.s. Etsy shop has reopened, and everything is 30 percent off when you use the coupon code ENDOFYEAR30. New ideas for the shop are among the things racing through my mind!