Christmas — Making memories, creating traditions
Charlene Hoeflich firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday decorations are up everywhere, the parades have been held, Santa has arrived and made his pre-holiday visits with the children, and a drive through all the villages leaves no doubt about it — Christmas is right around the corner.
So if about now the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the best of all holidays is becoming almost too much for you to think about, what with decorating to be finished, shopping for gifts to be completed, school and church activities to attend, not to mention all of the baking and candy making to be done, maybe it’s time to come up with a way where you can just relax a little and reflect on the reason for the season. After all Christmas is not about having every thing shiny clean, every package perfectly wrapped, or every dish tasty enough to die for.
It’s about the birth of the Christ child, and a time for families to reminisce about Christmases past, for making memories to be cherished, and for establishing traditions to be treasured as the years go by.
While with every passing day it seems to a bit more hectic, there are usually some ways to simplify this whole process of preparing for Christmas.
Getting help from family members doesn’t come easy. Seems they all have things to do and places to go. Starting earlier, as someone suggests, isn’t really an option and neither is making drastic changes in plans to get better organized now that Christmas is so close.
So the best you can do is to relax a little and remember — no one really cares whether every corner of the house has been cleaned and decorated to the nines, or whether there are a dozen different kinds of sweets to eat, ( a few will do,) and they’ll never notice if there’s less variety in garnished entrees.
Too often as Christmas nears mothers get all stressed out trying to cram too many things into too little time, the kids get hyperactive as they anticipate the arrival of Santa with gifts, and fathers, well it seems they just relax in a lounge chair looking a little confused because most times they’re not sure how or where they fit into this whole process of getting things ready for Christmas.
No doubt about it the next couple of weeks will be hectic but it will all work out and everything will fall into place.
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Some help in getting ready for Christmas was offered at last week’s “Holiday Happening” held at the Meigs County Extension Office.
Numerous area women turned out to learn how to make beautiful wreathes and swags, to create unusual gift items, to turns strips of ribbon into beautiful bows, to prepare specialty foods for the holiday season, and to attractively decorate their home with things on hand.
“Holiday Traditions with a Twist” was the theme of the program which stressed ‘tis the season to be jolly with an emphasis on the fun of learning something new.
Watching demonstrations, doing creative project work, and occasionally sampling some of the holiday foods on display made for a fun experience for those attending.
Stations were set up and participants moved from one to the another where each person was given materials and tips on creating take-home projects.
Hal Kneen, Meigs County Extension Agent, was surrounded with greenery, bells and bows for use in making beautiful wreaths and swags to add to home decor. After demonstrating the how-to technique, materials were provided to the participants who were encouraged to use their imagination and make their own to hang to display in their home.
Along side him was MichelleStumbo, Extension 4-H agent, demonstrating the technique for making bows from colorful ribbon. Each person selected ribbon and then was taught how to fashion it into a beautiful bow for use on a wreath or a holiday package.
Linda King, the Extension’s family nutrition program assistant, gave a demonstration on easy to prepare holiday foods. Included was a Hot Salad Wreath where rolls of dough were fashioned into a wreath and once baked, opened and filled with chicken or turkey salad.
A table display featured Christmas craft ideas easily made by adults and children. There were candy cane sleighs created with peppermint sticks, decorated Christmas cards constructed from colored paper, handmade ornaments, and a variety of gifty items — all easy to make projects.
Those attending the event grazed from a table filled with goodies, all samples of holiday foods easily prepared.
A book filled with holiday recipes, ideas for making holiday crafts, along with home decorating ideas, was provided to each person attending this year’s “Holiday Happening.”
Now you have a Merry Christmas!
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