Holiday resolutions

Published by Lori Pickert on November 16, 2007 at 09:46 PM


Holiday Resolutions, 2007.

I will not make a holiday village out of gingerbread and royal icing.

I will make sugar cookies and let the kids decorate most of them.

I will not make my own, fabulous yard decorations out of dried grapevine and fairy lights.

I will let the boys hang the loud, multicolored lights they like.

I will not make all my gifts.

I will lay on the floor and watch "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "The Grinch" with the boys.

I will not take the boys to see "The Nutcracker".

I will play board games with them on the floor under the tree.

I will not organize a ski trip for friends and family.

I will sled with the boys in the backyard.

I will not take a special holiday portrait of the kids and send it out to friends and family with tasteful letterpress cards.

I will recycle a vacation picture and order 29-cent cards online. And I'll send half as many as last year.

I will not take tins of homemade cookies and fudge to our friends, neighbors, and service people.

I will invite my friends over to eat cookies and hang out.

I will not go to a different party every weekend.

I will stay home and make paper chains.



Comment by Stefani on November 16, 2007 at 11:43 PM

Oh Amen sister! You are so right!

I make myself completely nuts every year, and this year, with a trip to Japan just weeks before Christmas, I've resolved to take all the short cuts and just have fun. I'm counting on you to remind me of that when I get it in my head to make stocking for everyone and try to learn to knit so that I can "whip up" 53 or so matching hat/scarf/mitten sets for friends, family, grocery clerk and mailman.

One fun thing, in leiu of gingerbread houses... we made a faux version last year with canned icing and cut up graham crackers (you can saw a pointy roof shape pretty easily with a butter knife), and it was really easy and fun.

Another cookie trick (for that party of yours :-)... regular old store bought sugar cookie dough, mixed with white chocolate chips, nuts, and dried cranberries. So yummy, and makes you feel like you stepped it up a little.

Bring on the spiked egg nog!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 17, 2007 at 02:06 AM

oh great, stef, you just *totally ruined* my "cheater's gingerbread houses" post. maybe i'll delete your comment. ;^)

we once did that with 30 kids. i'm surprised my hair isn't completely white.

i have to say, i always make the sugar cookies from scratch. i mean, i will cut corners on just about everything but snacks. i have my priorities in order. i make homemade frosting, too, that would *curl your toes*.

i'm not above just making a zillion stars, though, instead of using all the cutters. ;^) and i don't care anything about many colors of icing and jimmies and etc., although of course i will let the boys destroy the kitchen with whatever they want.

(once i did make a gingerbread man with a plaid shirt woven of strands of different colors of icing .. but i didn't have children then.)

keep that resolution, stef! we can support each other. we'll form a 12-step relaxed holiday group. :^)

Comment by Stefani on November 17, 2007 at 03:26 AM

MMMmm I do love homemade cookies and icing. I even used to be a cake decorator... weddings and everything... but I'm too lazy now. I cut corners all over the place.

So, what I'm saying is... can we come eat your cookies?

Comment by Kate on November 17, 2007 at 03:30 PM

Thank you for the inspiration!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 18, 2007 at 02:05 AM

stef, you were a cake decorator?!?! that is a juicy tidbit. i was friends with a girl whose mom did cakes and we would sit around and eat the parts they trimmed off to make them perfectly square. yum.

i will cut corners. i know that in 20 years no one is going to remember the table decorations. but i will not -- i WILL. NOT. -- do without homemade cookies. lol.

thank you, kate! i hope you have a relaxing holiday. ;^)

Comment by Laura on November 18, 2007 at 03:34 AM

great resolutions, lori! if you can follow these, you should have a wonderful, relaxing holiday. love how you are putting your kids first in a lot of these.

great post.

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 18, 2007 at 04:55 AM

thanks, laura. ;^) what do you mean *if*?! lol. i think these downward-sloping resolutions usually work out for me.

re: putting the kids first, i would much rather they have great memories of the holidays than impress anyone else. (sorry, family. sorry, friends. ;^) they are so easy to please. they just want to eat ice cream in the living room while watching christmas cartoon specials, me to haul myself outside and play with them in the snow, messy craft projects, freedom to decorate the tree however they want ... giving up on the other stuff makes a better holiday for all of us!

Comment by kim on November 20, 2007 at 12:58 AM

And I will join you Lori!!

Love this post...

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 20, 2007 at 02:26 AM

thank you, kim. :^)

Comment by Deirdre on November 28, 2007 at 03:10 AM

Just discovered your blog via Molly Irwin's post. So true. Your comment above hit me even more than the post: "they are so easy to please. they just want to eat ice cream in the living room while watching christmas cartoon specials"...that brought tears to my eyes, because it is so true. They are so easy to please, really.

Thanks for the inspiration. I struggle with my desire for a clean, organized house and a home that embraces my sons' energy and creativity.

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 28, 2007 at 03:19 AM

thank you, deirdre :^)

it *is* so true .. their wants are really so small, but we somtimes get caught up in these ideas in our heads of what a perfect holiday would entail .. when it would be so easy to meet their simple desires, while everyone stayed loose and relaxed. ;^)

hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Comment by Estea on December 10, 2008 at 03:05 AM

i don't think i knew you when you posted this.

and *i'm* making fabulous yard decorations of squirrel carcass and tinsel. i'll send you a pic.


Comment by Lori Pickert on December 10, 2008 at 04:57 AM

e, squirrel carcass and tinsel? so, a martha stewart/daniel beard mash-up, then? ;^)

i can’t believe i didn’t know you a year ago! that can’t be right! you probably just didn’t read my blog. :^P

deirdre, you were right! this was our first conversation! aw...

Comment by Kerrie on December 11, 2008 at 09:19 AM

Thanks for that inspiration...and oh I love those paper chains!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 11, 2008 at 03:03 PM

thank you, kerrie! :^) we buy patterned paper every year to make paper chains -- they look beautiful when they’re hung up against our white wood railing! :^)

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