Home for the Holidays -- It Gets Better Each Year

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Real Estate Agent with RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Homes for Sale and Real Estate RES.0781237

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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Barbara Altieri
REALTOR - Fairfield County CT Real Estate
RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Homes for Sale and Real Estate

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. 

December 29, 2010 06:35 PM
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Renée Burrows
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate

Sounds like you had a beautiful time!  Happy New Year!

January 06, 2011 05:08 PM
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Ann Dail
Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem
Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551

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!

January 07, 2011 01:45 PM
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Barbara Altieri
REALTOR - Fairfield County CT Real Estate
RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Homes for Sale and Real Estate

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.

January 07, 2011 05:05 PM
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Joan Cox
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373

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!

January 07, 2011 05:12 PM
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Barbara Altieri

REALTOR - Fairfield County CT Real Estate
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