We spend the month of December, the most "wonderful time of the year," searching for the perfect gifts, planning the perfect party, attempting to bake the perfect sugary goodness, but do we ever just let ourselves enjoy it? I've had lots of fun over the past few days coming up with gift ideas (think edible gifts) for lots of people on my list, but before I get to that, today I wanted to share a little gift I'm giving myself.
I've prepped my tray (how fun is it that the lid to the box becomes a tray?) and at 10 pm tonight when I finally get home, I have a date with a tall glass of eggnog. This has everything I need to unwind at the end of a long day, and remind myself why I love this season so much. I picked up this tray, and everything else I needed for it at Target with the exception of the fabric I added to the bottom of the tray (and my personal scriptures).
On my tray (coupon for Rubbermaid Bento Tray here):
- holiday scented candle (I picked pine because I can feel like I've escaped to the woods)
- hazelnut chocolate truffles (homemade baked goods would be great here too)
- eggnog (substitute hot chocolate for a warm treat)
- cozy slipper socks (I LOVE these!)
- notecards (or journal to reflect after a long day)
- a good book (I love spending a few quiet minutes reading through the story of Christ's birth in Luke)
This could be for you or for that dear friend with a type A personality who goes partially insane as the 25th gets closer. Think about adding bath salts, thick lotions, salt scrubs, or herbal tea for more pampering options. If you want to add a fun pop to your tray, check out the scraps at a fabric store (I got mine for just $1.50). How fun would it be to give the whole box (instead of just the tray lid) and create a little tag labeling it has her Holiday Survival Kit? - A little early Christmas present to get them through the holidays.
Whoever its for, take a moment to remember the real meaning of Christmas. Whether you're celebrating the birth of our Savior or the joy of family, don't let the business of it all ruin the magic.
Merry Christmas!p.s. I loved signing my post like that :)