It still boggles my mind that Christmas is only 10 days away, but calendar says it is so. And whom am I to argue with the calendar? To be fair, I’d argue on a bad day. Anyway, I leave for Minnesota in a few days and my brother told me with great glee that the high temperature will be negative something when I arrive. That’s right. The high is negative. And I’ve been whining about overcast skies and 60 degree temperatures in LA.
Christmas is almost here, which has led to a mini freak-out on my part. I’m behind schedule with my gift-making and unsure how I’m going to squeeze everything into my suitcase. There is one absolute rule I follow when traveling: thou shall not check luggage unless the airline decrees your feline to be carry on luggage. Unlike Emeril, Max does not travel home with me. Max does not do well in his carrier for extended periods, and he would also, well, destroy my family home. Within minutes, he’d take down the tree and morph into Maxzilla and terrorize my Mom’s porcelain Christmas village. We’d get banished to the barn, toot suite.
There once was a time when a DIY holiday gift was somewhat unpopular and undesirable. People looked upon them with disregard, considering them to be the fruitcake of gifts. The kind few wanted to unwrap Christmas morning. Oh, how times have changed. DIY holiday gifts are no longer banished and forgotten, but coveted and showcased. Done right, they can become some of your most well-received gifts without breaking your piggy bank.
Tis the season for Christmas carols, mistletoe and repeated viewings of Elf. What can I say — a bowl full of spaghetti and maple syrup sounds delicious! Or not. I like my spaghetti and maple syrup separate from one another, as most people, who are not elves or Will Ferrell, likely do. Two things that I do know belong together, even if they seem quite opposite at first blush, are fabulous and frugal. Yes Virginia, hosting a wildly fabulous and frugal holiday party is possible with a little ingenuity and planning.