During this Holiday Open House Event, I wanted to give you a glimpse of our family during the holidays. So I contemplated doing a recipe post, but I didn’t want to just have another old recipe. I didn’t want to do cleaning post either, because we’ve already done that. This “self-realization” post was actually harder and scarier to admit to on “paper” than I thought it would be. Let me tell you why…
Though I love pretty things, I am not good at anything creative or decorative. I can’t draw, paint, color in the lines (or have patience enough to do so), cut a straight line, decorate a cake, or even sew a button (much less a dress). If I took art classes, I am certain I’d fail. Horribly. I’m not even good with presentation when it comes to meals, though they do taste good the majority of the time. It takes every ounce of my being to do anything creative I devise (no-sew Halloween costumes, decorating cookies, decorating my house for Christmas, etc.). And then my husband still has to rescue me from my big plans and “fix” things up a bit. (Thanks, Honeybaby.)
Ideas and vision I have, but ability I lack. What I am good at is cleaning, planning and organizing (or “geeky” things like numbers and science). That’s what I know. I have always envied those who had an eye for decorating or that artist’s touch. You Martha Stewart types who can decorate cakes and parties for your child’s birthday with the slightest of ease, how do you guys make it look so easy?
I don’t even entertain much during the year. As my friends can attest, most of the time, if they want to see me, they must invite themselves over to my house. And I really don’t mind that they do, as I am a social person. But I was never one of those girly-girl types who needed to have “girl time” or Girl’s Night Out or even join a sorority. (I know I am probably missing out on something huge by not doing those things, but oh well.)
And unless I am hosting an actual party (have I ever even done that?), I may forget to offer you a drink or something to eat. I guess I just lack that “hostess gene,” although I do prefer to be the hostess of get togethers, Bible studies, play dates, family holidays and such. (Maybe it’s because I like to stay home?) But feel free to make yourselves at home if you ever do invite yourself over. Seriously. I don’t mind. Watch our TV (though, at the moment we lack actual channels since we purposefully turned off our DirecTV subscription). Eat our food. Use our washer. Play with our toys. And don’t worry about cleaning up – I’ll happily take care of that for you.
The atmosphere is casual. Very casual. I will forget to use the good china, and I may even have my holiday pajama pants on (oops, I am already wearing those as I type this post).
Once I attempted to make these with my best friend (who can attest to my very uncreative nature). These William Sonoma ornament cookie cutters were actually a gift from her, and a fool-proof (almost) way to get cute decorative cookies if you aren’t the artist type. I will probably attempt them again this year, in case you want some. But you better eat them quickly, or my husband may beat you to it.
Then hopefully remember to offer you some of my orange cranberry mulled cider or extra chocolatey and creamy hot chocolate made with milk – not water (just the way I like it) – and extra marshmallows (my husband’s touch). If not, you know you can help yourself. The cups are on the cupboard to the right.
We can play some family classics like 42 (domino game) and French Bridge or Hand and Foot (card games). Or you can listen to my son “show off” playing his array of instruments (some real, some imaginative) for the hundredth time. If you bring your purse, he may even charm you into giving him some gum.
If it’s Christmas Eve, I’ll probably make something atypical (since I’m not really a lover of turkey) that I saw on a cooking show long ago when we had satellite.
And if you spend the night, I promise everything will be super clean in your room. I will make your bed extra cushiony and warm, and carefully place matching towel sets in your room. I’ll even have mini-sized toiletries in baskets for you in the bathroom if you don’t want to bring yours along (or if you forget your own).
But make sure to keep your doors closed or you’ll likely be greeted by these two faces in the middle of the night:
My husband will make his famous crepes for breakfast, maybe even some holiday french toast (oh, I should post that recipe this month) in the morning.
I promise everything won’t always be merry and bright, but what did you expect with 2 small children and 2 crazy labs?
And now you have a tiny glimpse of our family, our home. Welcome!
Now, are you ready for the Holiday Open House Giveaway Event? I thought so! I will be revealing the prizes one day at a time right here on this post, on FaceBook and Twitter, so keep your eyes peeled and keep coming back. So far on the list of prizes:
- Oreck Edge Vacuum ($800)
- Oreck Air Purifier ($400)
- Mabels Labels Combo pack of 52 spice, 16 canister, and 30 bin labels ($39)
- $15 GC to the Etsy shop studioahimsa
- $25 GC myhellodesigns.com
- 24 Cupcake toppers from Two Savvy Sisters
In order to WIN the $2000+ in prizes (ONE WINNER TAKES ALL), you must CAREFULLY follow the following instructions:
- You must publish your own holiday post* (anything holiday goes, even a recipe) on November 1-10th.
- Make sure to include our giveaway event button and code below in your post.
- Then enter the DIRECT URL to the post* (NOT your homepage) in the “Mister Linky” below (Note: It may take a while for the green “Mister Linky” logo to come up, but when it does, click on it to enter your link.)
- If you do a holiday post* every day during November 1-10th, each one gets you an extra entry (limit one per day) – up to 10 entries!!
CODE TO GRAB:
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Again, please ENTER THE DIRECT URL to YOUR Holiday Entertaining post* (post must include our giveaway button in it) in the link up below for YOUR chance to win the over $2,000 in prizes** – all chosen to make you the Holiday hostess with the MOSTESS!!
*Questions have been asked about our non-blogging readers… Unfortunately, this particular event is only for bloggers. Our other Giveaway Event, Help for the Holidays, is open to non-bloggers. However, starting a blog is free and easy at Blogger.com or WordPress.com. You can even start one just for the sole purpose of writing this holiday post and entering this giveaway.
**All links must link directly to a winter/holiday entertaining post. Links to main pages will be deleted. All linked posts must include our giveaway button. Any posts without our button in them will be deleted. Winner will be chosen using random.org from all eligible (remaining) links and announced on http://www.parkerpronline.com on Nov. 11, 2010 and winner will also be contacted via comment on winning post. Winner will then have 72 hours to submit their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to claim the prize package. If not claimed, a new winner will be selected from remaining eligible links.