I can’t believe the holidays are almost here. I feel like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing a blog post about my goals for the year (as in the year 2014 that we’re getting ready to kiss goodbye)! I guess I’ll need to get over my shock quickly to prepare for the first round of Thanksgiving festivities in just a few days! Luckily, my friends at Martha Stewart sent me a package of goodies this week to get me in the holiday spirit.
Thanksgiving with my family is a silly, collaborative, all day affair. Each member of the family contributes a dish or two, but most of the family members arrive with ingredients or prepped dishes that still need to be cooked. This practice results in a lot of elbowing, giggling, and wine drinking before we fiiiiinally have our one big meal in the evening. This year, I’m planning to show up with snacks to keep all the cooks in good spirits before dinner. I’ll be bringing along the limited edition Triscuit Cranberry & Sage crackers that Martha’s people sent me, topped with warm goat cheese, sour apples, and maple walnuts. To say this little appy is delicious is one of the biggest understatements I’ve made this year. I feel pretty confident that they’ll help keep the troops in line, and get dinner on the table before midnight.
Of course, once we sit down to our big family meal, the talk may turn to the next (more gift focused) holiday we celebrate. To me, the best gifts are ones that a person would love but never think to buy for themselves or, a gift that teaches the receiver a new skill. Something like the Elizabeth Bradley cross-stitch kit covers both. Sean’s grandmother makes these incredible cross-stitched christmas stockings for her grandchildren, and now her great grandchildren too! We love pulling Eva’s stocking out each year and admiring all the skill, hours of work, and feats of eyesight her great grandmother put into making that gift for her. Gifting the ability to create treasured keepsakes for years to come, now that’s a special present!
As with every gift, I think the presentation is almost as important as the gift itself. Whenever I’m in a store like Papersource or Kate’s paperie, I admire their gift paper selection and often take one home with me. I keep quite a collection, so I always have the right paper when I need to wrap a gift in a pinch. I like to use jute or bakers twine to give my gifts a distinctive rustic look.
I hope you all have a beautiful holiday week with those who matter most to you! This will be my last post for the week. I’m going to take a little time off to relax, recharge, and enjoy the long weekend with my family.
A special thanks to Inna of Peach Plum Pear for the photographs, and Ben of Farmhaus Modern for the incredibly beautiful cutting boards! This post was sponsored by Martha Stewart Omnimedia. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the projects that keep a fine line going.