This was our first Christmas in our home and as a married couple. My husband spent almost the entire time talking about all the traditions we were going to start this year and do the same thing every year and how much fun our future kids were going to have and other happy joy joy type silliness. All I kept thinking; I just want to sit on my couch, watch "Downton Abbey," and forget about Christmas. My question: does all of this make me a Grinch? When I have kids, will I find the Christmas spirit or be even worse?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of holidays posts.
A funny thing has happened over the past few years: suddenly, I totally look forward to doing holiday cards. It should be noted that I'm not especially into holidays — I spent my 20s mostly ignoring them, and then once I switched to being self-employed in my 30s, I find that I can't even keep track of when most holidays are happening. I'm not a big seasonal decorator, nor do I get especially into the holiday spirit each winter.
But, oddly, the past couple years have found me becoming an increasingly huge fan of holiday cards.
The office where I work does a food drive every year for our holiday party. I was wondering if anyone who has experience would have any suggestions on what kinds of foods are good to donate to a food pantry?
Growing up in New York City, I was vaguely aware that my parents "tipped" the doormen and the superintendent of my apartment building sometime around the end of December. Now as an adult newly living in a city in Texas, in a rental apartment complex, and I have no idea what I should do about holiday tipping… Who are these people we should be tipping? Should we be giving cash or gift cards? If so, how much? Should we be giving cookies? Should we just give a thank you/happy holidays card?
We know that many of you are looking for super-awesome holiday greetings — something more than a fantastic family photo that is just going to end up in someone's trash post-holidays. If you're one of those on the search for a kick-ass holiday greeting, you're going to flip (and then more-than-likey cry) over wedding photographer Mike Allebach's Slow Motion Love Notes.
I'm slated to host Christmas Eve at my home again, and last year it was fun… except for one uncle ruined it with snarky comments and flat-out negativity. He bitched about the food, the tackiness of the decorations, and the gifts people gave.
At the time, I was more concerned about hosting duties and making sure my family was having a good time, so I just tried to roll with it. Nobody in the family had the guts to say anything, except to talk about it after he left.
This year though… fuck that, I don't want any of that shit in my house.
How do I keep his horrible attitude in line in my own home?
Now that the holidays are rapidly approaching, ovens will be running on overtime, and kitchens are gonna get messy. To keep that mess in your kitchen and off your fantastic holiday outfit, you're gonna need an apron.