Christmas. I look forward to it all year and yet dread it at the same time. The shopping, the endless To Do lists, the family gatherings, the STRESS. Sometimes I just want to crawl into a hole and sleep until it's all over. But, thanks to Teri Ahlm I'm going to be much more intentional and less frantic this year because I've got a secret weapon. This little book.
Creating a Beautiful Little Christmas is a lovely e-book filled with simple, easy and fabulous ideas to make Christmas fun again. Teri Ahlm is my hero! She explains how...
…it is possible to create a beautiful little Christmas.
I enjoyed and appreciated each and every page of this book. I'd like to tell you about a few sections that were really insightful to me as I have a feeling they may be a help to you, too.:)
#1-Family gatherings. Yes, family is wonderful. But, family gatherings aren't always easy. For example, how do you enjoy family time after a divorce? How do you handle Christmas after the loss of a loved one? What do you do when you are spending the holidays alone? Teri Ahlm highlights these issues and deals with them in a caring and inspiring way.
#2- Taking Care of Yourself during the Holidays. Did you ever even consider this?? I don't think this is even on my To Do list and yet it's the most important of all things. Yes, it is. The author tells you how to pamper yourself, because you. are. worth. it. If you're taken care of, you'll be better equipped to take care of others. Her Comfort Kit idea is genius. We all need one!
There are delicious recipes and even special diet solutions! Gluten free and dairy free guests coming to your house? NO worries. I can't wait to try the Slow Cooker Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip!
Need gift ideas? They're all here. Ever heard of the the 4 gift plan? Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. Using it this year. Love, love, love.
Decorating Tips galore! And many without spending money at all. Shop around your house! For example, move furniture away from the walls to create an intimate conversation area. And how about pinecones, nuts and berries for decorating your mantle? Pretty and found right outside your door. The key is to keep things simple.
There is also a section on Creating New Traditions. I know my husband would enjoy a marathon of Breaking Bad and I think a Scavenger Hunt would be a blast! Perhaps this will be the year.
Creating a Beautiful Little Christmas is just what you need to get through (and enjoy!) the holidays. With a smile and a master plan.:)
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*