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It's that time of year again-- the holiday season! Many people don't consider it "the holidays" until after Thanksgiving, but for us here at AquaSeventy6, the holidays begin well before our kids have even gone trick-or-treating. We plan our holiday trunk shows months in advance, and have Jingle Bells on the brain at the first sign of Fall.
Stretching out the holidays for so long can put anyone at risk for Christmas burnout. But we have learned to cherish those little comforts that make the holidays special, without screaming "Santa Claus!"
Special recipes--It isn't the holidays without a bowl of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup. This warm and savory dish brings us back to our childhood. It's especially yummy on a cold and rainy afternoon. We change the recipe up a little by adding some cubed butternut squash and sprinkling in a dash of cumin.
Dinner around the fireplace--As you may know, we grew up in sunny Florida. Homes with fireplaces were few and far between. Now that we both live in cooler climate areas, we love to light a fire on a cold winter's night. Eating around the fireplace makes dinner time so special and creates memories we know our children and husbands will never forget.
Movies in bed--Now that it gets dark before dinner time, we like to settle our children down a little early. But since Yvette's two children are older, 6:30 p.m. bedtimes just won't cut it. At least once per week, Yvette and her hubby let the kids jump in the king-size bed to watch a movie or catch up on family-friendly t.v. shows. The kiddos are usually out like a light by 9:30 p.m., and after Daddy carries them to their own beds, Mom and Dad can catch up on movies or t.v. shows of their own.
It's these little comforts that help us make long-lasting holiday memories, but can be recreated almost any time of year.
What are the little comforts that make your holidays special? Tell us in the comments!
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