Home for the Holidays -- It Gets Better Each Year

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Home for the Holidays -- It Gets Better Each Year 

The pre-Christmas hustle and bustle last week was probably the most intense I had ever experienced.  Having to plan, shop for, cook for, and just generally prepare for a large Christmas Eve party is really enough for anyone. 

The fact that I was very busy with real estate last week added to the drama.  I finally figured out that - and this has NOT failed in the last few years - whenever I go away for a few days or plan a party, the ‘you know what' hits the fan and I am busier than ever.  

Now, I am not complaining by any means.  However, why does that surge always happen when I have a ton of personal things planned and lots to do?  My girlfriend told me I will just have to have more parties and take more vacations.  LOL 

Anyway, my Christmas Eve party went off without a hitch.  Everything worked out perfectly.  I had no major ‘epic fails' with the food, and everyone said they had a wonderful time.  Yes, even if you think you'll never get it all done, it always works out.

I made it around to my guests as best I could; many came to me and chatted it up in the kitchen or lent a hand as I was bringing food out or bringing it in and setting up the next course. 

There was this one period of time, though, when I sat down in a central location and observed many of my guests from a good vantage point.  I watched and just felt a real sense of happiness and contentment.  Here I was in the last week - at times like a real crazy lady running around - trying to make sure all the food was adequate, prepared properly, all the gifts wrapped and just tending to all the details.  

But I realized in those few free moments I had that none of that was important.  I watched my relatives and friends, all intermingling with each other, laughing and talking and from all observations, just having a really nice time.  THAT to me was worth more than anything.  Here they were in my home just enjoying themselves and having a good time.  THAT is what Christmas is all about.  

I wrote a post last Christmas (Home for the Holidays - More Than a Feeling) about how I feel about celebrating the holidays in my home.  That feeling never goes away. Actually, it just gets better each year.  I am blessed to own a wonderful home and have a great, loving family and friends to share special events with.  

This Christmas Eve was no different.  I was truly HOME for the holidays. 

Best wishes to everyone reading this for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011.

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lancaster
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I have not been home for the holidays for 7 years now, since my youngest left for University. As a single Mom I often hosted 'strays' kids buddies, friends, and some family members. But as both my daughters have left, and now have set up households thousands of miles apart, I find myself traveling from one home to another, playing house guest and/or spending time alone at a southern destination. Your blog brings up melancholy memories of the days when my home was the central hub. Perhaps it is time ti 'bring it home' again!

Dec 26, 2010 05:30 PM #1
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George Souto
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Barbara, I know what you mean about it getting busy when we take time off.  Whenever I get slow I just plan to get away for a few days.  That is a sure way of assuring that all heck will break lose.  Come to think of it I should plan on being on vacation for all of 2011, and if the same principle holds, I will probably have the best year ever.

Dec 26, 2010 09:12 PM #2
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Barbara Altieri
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Hi Sharon: Well now you have multiple 'homes' to enjoy during the holidays.  Yes, you probably will find yourself hosting at your home at some point.  I am sure it's nice, though, to have such diversity and travel around.  Best wishes for a happy, prosperous 2011.

Hi George:  Ain't that the truth? I cannot believe how crazy busy I was this past week. I thought it was going to be quiet. Like I said, I'm not complaining, but there is something to be said about getting really busy when you have the least amount of time.  I like your idea about vacationing the whole year. All 'heck' will break lose for sure!  Have a wonderful, happy, healthy 2011.

Dec 26, 2010 09:32 PM #3
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Doug Anderson
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I am happy that your party was able to go off without a "hitch". Things always do seem to go crazy with business when so many other things are on the front burner (no pun intended). I too enjoy the satisfaction of sitting back and watching others enjoying themselves while being entertained in my home.

Dec 27, 2010 12:12 AM #4
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Barbara Altieri
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Doug -- We, as well as so many others who had Christmas Eve parties, were SO lucky as we got hammered with almost 2 ft. of snow and tremendous winds and drifting yesterday and early today.  I am so glad the party worked out so well but even happier the weather clear and cooperative that night.  Best of luck to you in 2011!

Dec 27, 2010 06:44 PM #5
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David Popoff
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Murphy's Law, always happens, happy to hear that your holiday party went fine and business is well, keep the ball rolling for 2011, Happy New Year.

Dec 29, 2010 09:35 AM #6
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Barbara Altieri
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Hi David -- We were very lucky everything went so well. Even the weather cooperated.  Couldn't have been better.  Happy new year to you also. 

Dec 29, 2010 06:35 PM #7
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Renée Burrows
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Sounds like you had a beautiful time!  Happy New Year!

Jan 06, 2011 05:08 PM #8
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Ann Dail
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Sometimes I have guests in my home and family.  Sometimes, like this year, I go to a friend's home and am one of those laughing and sharing people you mention.  Either way is ok with me.  I have enough perspective now to realize it's the freindships and relationships that matter in my memories in the future!

Jan 07, 2011 01:45 PM #9
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Barbara Altieri
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Hi Renee -- It worked out very well; and even with all the work, it was so enjoyable.  Happy new year to you also.

Ann - thanks for stopping by.  I was always the 'keeper' of Christmas Eve. My brother decided a few years back that he wanted to do the party. So, since then, we split.  Couldn't give it up completely.  So next year, I get to be like you.  You said it all in your last sentence.

Jan 07, 2011 05:05 PM #10
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Joan Cox
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Barbara, that was a great story, and it is all about just getting together, and not if everything is done properly!   Hope you had a great Christmas!

Jan 07, 2011 05:12 PM #11
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