By Ella Jade
Can't I be both?
Hello everyone. My name is Ella Jade and I'm thrilled to be here during this magical time of year. The holiday season is upon us and there's so much to do. There are cookies to be baked, presents to be bought and wrapped, a house to be decorated and stockings to hang by the chimney.
Geesh…looks like I'll be a busy girl. I don’t mind because I like this kind of busy. The holidays can often be stressful, but I try to take a step back and relax. I want to do as many fun and exciting things as I can with my family during the month of December. One of my favorite things to do is working the Holiday shop at the kids' school. I love seeing kids little faces light up when they're buying a little trinket for their mom, dad, aunts, uncles or pets. They're so cute and innocent. Another special thing I like to do is bake cookies with my mom and kids. We dedicate an entire Sunday to making all sorts of cookies. It's messy, but fun! And, I think we eat more than we should!
Watching holiday movies and specials are also a big tradition in my house. We even start with Elf the weekend before Thanksgiving so we can squeeze them all in throughout the season. Some of our must-sees are Jingle All the Way, Christmas Vacation, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. We light a fire, make popcorn and just snuggle under the blankets. The rest of the year is always so crazy with school, homework, sports and anything else that pops up, so we try to schedule as much family time as possible during these few special weeks. I want my kids to have memories that will last a lifetime.
I'm also hosting Christmas dinner this year. I'm cooking for twenty guests! What delicious concoction can I come up with? What will my centerpiece be? How will I dress the table? My husband says we don’t have time for me to have a "Martha moment" because we're busy enough. But, I LOVE to entertain and make people feel welcome in my home. Hmm…I'm thinking some sort of white chocolate, raspberry cheesecake will need to be created and I really can't forget the Pomegranate martinis, can I?
With all of the planning, organizing and creating during this time of year, I still make an effort to write. I'm a romance author after all, and so much inspiration can be found around these next few weeks. The smell of a fresh pine wreath, mistletoe hanging from a doorway, a cup of hot chocolate by the fire or even the reflection of the lights from the tree all serves as wonderful writing prompts for me. So, as busy as I am, I always make time when everyone else is asleep and the house is quiet to sneak downstairs, turn on the lights to the tree and mantle and let the season get my creative juices flowing.
I hope you find inspiration this holiday season in every aspect of your life. I wish you all a happy and safe holiday. Stop by my blog--http://ellajadeauthor.blogspot.com. I love to make new friends.
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