My Christmas Plans

My first goal this Christmas season is not to get sick!  I go so hard with work this time of year I find myself at risk, but this year I’m desternined not to succumb.  Now on to the plans.  My family will be here on the 16th.  We have been renting out a theater for the past 5 years for my event clients, friends and family.  This year we will see Star Wars Rogue One. The Megaplex is preparing for us!  Jake has been given some assistants because everyone will be asking for him in concessions.  He is excited to see us again it’s been a few months.  

It. Will. Be. Epic!

Keith and the kids will stay with me through the weekend at the Casa in Park City.  I do have an event on Saturday evening but other than that some quality time with my family I miss so much.  We are going to meet new peeps in the ward here to.  Will be like psych we aren’t really moving here lol.  Monday the 19th they will leave for San Diego and driving down to attend the Poinsettia Bowl.  I have events Monday and Tuesday but will fly out late to join them.  Wednesday we hope to see BYU crush Wyoming! 

Thursday we are kinda playing it by ear.  We may stop a night in Las Vegas to see a show with the kids.  I wonder if David Copperfield is still playing.  If not we may just stop in St. George for a day.  We do plan on being home by Friday night.  It is our first year at the Homestead in Idaho.  My parents are coming up and it’s just us and movies, treats, games and if there is enough snow for Christmas…snowmobiling.  My parents arrive on the 24th.  On the 28th we leave for Park City again to spend 5 days with my besties and their families at the Casa.  We plan to go skiing, tubing and more movies.  I have so many treats to make!  I have mistletoe, scones, hot chocolate, and scotcheroos to name a few.  It is hard to imagine but we want to have our greatest Christmas ever even though our missionary is gone.  That is what I am looking forward to more than anything else.  I get to see him via Skype for an hour.  A whole hour!  I will let you know how it goes.  🙂  Take some time to make this your best Christmas ever.  Tell someone you love them, kiss under the mistletoe, give your kids an extra big hug and eat like it’s your last meal.  ❤️  Oh and Star Wars!

Holiday Decoration Rules

A few rules to bring JOY to you and yours. The Holidays are coming fast.  We hope they will be wonderful.  

Rules

1. If the house is over 4000 sq ft it requires a second tree. 

 2. If possible always use a 9 foot tree or bigger if you can.  

 3. The more lights the better. When in doubt use more lights. When finished add more lights. 

 4. Lights on the house makes everyone happy. Lots of lights. When in doubt add more lights. 

 5. Wreaths, Mistletoe, lights on the banister, lights in the kids rooms and lights on the deck are required.  

6. If possible wrap the trees.  Nothing is more cool than lights in the trees outside.  

Here is a link to inspire you.  If I were totally honest with myself I would say I Christmas decorations before presents.  I love the lights!

Christmas light video

Christmas Season

Today Mandy, Sarah and I went up to see the Tree Festival at the South Towne Expo Center. We had soooooo much fun. There was a group of kids there singing. A big choir and they were singing some Christmas songs I had never heard. We just sat there and enjoyed the music. Then we looked at some amazing trees and wreaths and decorations. I love the Festival it’s so much awesome in one place. I found the most perfect tree ever. It was flocked and 9 feet tall. It would have been so perfect for my family room. We called Keith but even with offers of sexual favors he would not budge on paying $2800 for a tree. So although he is being sensible I am pouting tonight. Why you say would a Christmas tree cost $2800. The money goes to Charity of course. So it was for a noble cause to get the most beautiful flocked tree of all time. The flocking actually looked like snow. The flocker had to be a master at the flocking arts. It was that perfect. I actually touched the flock and expected it to be cold like snow. Anyway we left dejected about our tree and went to lunch at the Olive Garden. So yummy and I am still full. Finished the day with a Christmas concert and a trip to Walmart that we will pretend happened tomorrow so as not to ruin my perfect day. I love a spontaneous day off. Thank you girls for such a great idea today. Only 21 days till Christmas. I’m thinking its time to be the domestic goddess and start making some delicious things :). With all the noise out there take the time to make memories this Holiday Season. Don’t short change yourself. Sweet dreams everyone.

Boycott

I have no issues with retailers wanting to get a great Holiday weekend of sales. Black Friday has traditionally been a huge kickoff for the Holiday shopping season. I understand for many this is a big deal. It’s so big in fact the shopping has been extended forward adding Cyber Monday and backwards into even an earlier start to Black Friday Mania by starting as early as 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday has even become Black Week as some of the greatest deals hit even before Thanksgiving now. Are the retailers trying to erase Thanksgiving altogether? Is Satan’s war on the family and this day so complete that when we are celebrating the very concept of gratitude and thankfulness we are staying up all night shopping for more crap to fill our homes and closets. The irony in the whole concept of as Black Friday on the heels of Thanksgiving dinner is sad to me. Total reflection of where our society is today. We are without perspective and have abandoned our values that we cannot even enjoy a day together with those we profess to love. There is no shame on the retailers they simply give us what we want. The shame is on us in that we have given up Thanksgiving. As for our family we will not be participating again this year as we have not for many years. We would encourage others to boycott the sales and lights and commercials trying to lure you away. Send a message this year that shopping can wait till at least midnight of the day after. I recognize many of you do not share my passion in this but protect Thanksgiving Day for some day it may be gone altogether. It is truly a distraction to the season of retail.