This month, we’re taking on the editorial theme of comfort and finding ways to bring more of those warm fuzzies into our everyday lives. I say there’s a good reason why homemade cinnamon rolls and cozy sweaters have become clichés, so bring ’em on! But even more important, today we’re kicking off the month with something new. 

Holidays Unwrapped.

Way back in the summer when our team started talking about the holidays, we knew that we wanted to do something a little different. Thanks to social media, we’re all bombarded with the most polished sides of other peoples’ holiday decorations and perfect Thanksgiving pies, and we instinctually knew that we wanted to unwrap all those expectations and take the pressure off! This year, we’re passing on the “have-to” holiday traditions and instead looking inside ourselves to find our own truest version of the season. And we want to take you on a journey to discovering the unique joy in a “your way” take on the perfect holiday.

The idea is to let go of the things about the season that don’t serve you. We’ll be helping you craft the holiday that’s right for you, and then live it like you mean it. Follow your heart, listen to yourself and focus on what really matters.

The holidays kickoff this month as we plan for Thanksgiving, and believe me when I say that it has nothing to do with having the perfect dining room or preparing a multicourse meal by yourself. It has everything to do with bringing your favorite people together around a table to share a meal and make memories.

I love the holidays and I relish in making them feel special for everyone around me. But for the past couple of years, I’ve found myself checking off my list of all the expectations (hosting parties, not missing any of my friends’ parties, creating the perfect memories for my kids, beautifully wrapped gifts for everyone in my life) and before I knew it, the season is gone in a blur and I never had a chance to lounge in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa. Have any of y’all felt this too? I’d love to hear how you combat the holiday busyness in the comments.

This year, we’re keeping it simple, taking the stress out of cooking, focusing on time with family and friends, and finding joy in the moments.

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5 comments
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    Julie | www.thismainlinelife.com | November 1, 2018 at 11:47 am

    You’re so right. Making the holidays your own and doing what works for you and your family, makes all the difference. Who cares about tradition or all those things we think we “have” to do.

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    Bonnie Thomson | November 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I’m looking at the holidays this year and trying to keep only those things … the memory builders …. memories for me and others that communicates my love for them … and I desire to eliminate all the others that are just busy noise that turns my heart away from what is important. Really …. one special thing each holiday — it is enough!

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    Bernadette | November 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Good tios

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    Beth Moore | November 5, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I think traditions ground us as a family. I agree, don’t let them own you, but when it’s collective and everyone joins in to renew old traditions or create new ones… Those are the lasting memories I cherish… The family sitting in front of the fireplace with cocoa, could be just that. Keep it simple & special.

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