Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Toast to the Holiday Season: Staying Present and Enjoying Simple Pleasures

Staying Present During the Holidays
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I may live for summertime, but I truly believe that it's the holiday season that is the most wonderful time of the year. That said, I tend to overwhelm myself (in a big way) during November and December, and then end up feeling disappointed when I don't live up to my own expectations. The minute Halloween is over, I begin to compile a list in my head filled with unrealistic decor projects, endless recipe ideas, shopping outings I need to make that result in only the perfect gifts, holiday movie marathons, idealistic hot chocolate filled holiday light drives in the car and holiday musicals and caroling and on and on and on. Did I mention that there are three birthdays in our house within two weeks of Christmas and all sorts of accompanying over-the-top birthday party planning? Or that it's by far my busiest time for work? In reality, by the time mid-December rolls around, I've usually only gotten about half (if that) of our decorations up, I've barely begun shopping, and I certainly haven't allowed myself the time to relax and enjoy the season. I kind of have a feeling many of you can relate.

This year, however, the holiday season is going to be different for me - starting now. I made a decision back in the early fall to stay in the present as much as possible during the holidays. It may be the most hectic couple of months for work and family activities, but I'm going to make time to savor the season - without excessive planning or unrealistic expectations. I enjoy decorating, and so do my kids - but we're going to choose a few pieces to put out and take our time, together as a family, putting them up. I also have fun holiday shopping planned, but I'll be doing it when I can, slowly and as the season progresses, rather than putting pressure on myself to do too much at the last minute. I'm going to focus on managing my time for work projects in the most productive way, and embrace the fact that while I may take on too many jobs this time of year, it's in the best interest of helping support my family, and that's a good thing. If I can get out and do holiday actives together with my family, and/or alone with my husband, and/or with my girlfriends, that's great! But I don't need to do every single outing and party that presents itself. And most of all, I'm going to appreciate quiet moments and simple pleasures - like a few minutes in the evening, after the kids go to bed, to get comfy in my pajamas, relax, and toast to the holiday season with my husband and a glass of my favorite wines by Cameron Hughes.

Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir, Cabernet (my fave!), and Chardonnay wines are perfect for my goal of staying present for the holiday season this year and enjoying simple pleasures - because I'm able to get truly delicious bottles of wine that my husband, my friends and family, and I all love for a great price. Instead of pressuring myself to buy the most expensive wine to serve and enjoy this time of year, I've made the conscious decision to choose what I consider to be an exceptional wine at an extraordinary value. I've learned that just like the holiday season doesn't need to be excessive and over-the-top in order to be a success, great wine doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, I told my husband that I've declared Cameron Hughes my official holiday beverage for my new-and-improved holiday season attitude (ha!).

So here's my toast to the holiday season, friends. May yours be filled with realistic expectations, small but meaningful moments to enjoy, memories made with loved ones, a mindset to stay in the present, and a delicious glass of wine (that won't break the bank) with family and/or friends. Happy Holidays!

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  1. The holidays can be tough. In the past decade, we've had a lot of control over our celebrations because we've lived away from family, but this year we're back with everyone in the same province and the expectations began to ramp up in August (!) as we started to discuss who would spend what meals with whose family and... man, I forgot just how overwhelming and needlessly complicated it gets. So here's to sitting back and trying to be relaxed about the holidays, because it is no easy feat!

  2. I love this idea, it's inspiring me to do the same. I can't wait to check out this brand of wine too, Ive never heard of it.

  3. This is my favourite time of the year! So important to be present in the moment and enjoy it with friend and family!

    Deepti xx|

  4. This wine sounds amazing and great idea to have for the holidays to celebrate! ❤️

  5. i miss having a glass of wine to relax so much! too bad we cant have one together

  6. I always seem to stress about getting Décor just right or the perfect gifts and whether I’ve bought enough! But you’re right, I think less is more and just to enjoy the moment with friends and family is Best! Happy holidays hun!

  7. Cheers to having a stress free and enjoyable holiday season this year :)

    Lindsey |

  8. I love wine! Cabernet is my favorite too. I would love to try these for the holidays.


  9. I love drinking wine in my jammies!

  10. Cheers to the holiday season! I’m also going to do my best to stay present this year.


  11. I am such a sucker for wine, especially around the holidays!! I love this post!

  12. This is such a great reminder that throughout the holiday chaos that may come to stay in the present! Best gift to ourselves and to the peeps we love!

  13. That wine sounds perfect for the holidays, love those pjs too

  14. Just love when you find a wine that you love ❤️ it makes enjoying each glass that much more special!

  15. This wine sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to pick a few bottles for our next dinner party. Thanks for the great tip!


  16. Thank you for a great explanation. I was looking online for a similar idea and really appreciate it

  17. I love the idea of staying present during the holiday season. I hope your holiday's are great and thanks for the reminder about hectic holidays!


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