During the holiday season it is easy to get a little stressed figuring out the perfect gifts, fighting traffic, trying to find a parking place in crowded malls and, perhaps, dealing with a busier than usual schedule.
These days I try to keep things a little simpler and focus on what is important to me. Friends and family take top priority, and I look for ways to spend time with them. Time is such a treasured gift, and yet it is often the most difficult to give and receive.
One way I try to spend time with friends is to invite them to dinner. Typically, it’s four or six who gather around a table to enjoy and celebrate friendship. Never is the meal or the table fancy as that is not my style, but I do attempt to make both warm and welcoming.
This time of year is especially fun to set a table as it’s opportunity to use those Christmas dishes that are in the cabinet the other eleven months. These by Bella Ceramics are always the first ones out as they have a touch of playfulness.
Too, the dishes are very easy to accessorize so no matter how many times they are used in December, they will be surrounded by something different.
I so look forward to the time spent around the table as for that short period there is relief from the stress of the season. I hope you, too, are taking time out to enjoy the gift of being with family and friends.