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Happy Holidays to you and yours!!! What are your Holiday Traditions? Are you starting a Holiday Tradition? What is a Holiday Tradition? What is your favorite song for the Holidays and why? Favorite food; those must haves. Now what will you do with all those left overs? What was your favorite gift you received? How do you say Thank You to a gift that isn't what you want? When do you take your tree down? Plus we will announce our Holiday Traditions winner and hear their Holiday Tradition.
Part of what happens in the holiday season, may occur because of the stressfulness of holiday events. Overdrinking, overeating, and fatigue may also cause it. The demands of the season are many: shopping, cooking, travel, houseguests, family reunions, office parties, more shopping and extra financial burden.
Do not overbook yourself into a state of exhaustion--this makes people cranky, irritable, and depressed.
Decide upon your priorities and stick to them. Organize your time.
the holidays do not automatically take away feelings of aloneness, sadness, frustration, anger, and fear.
Be careful about resentments related to holidays past.
Don't expect the holidays to be just as they were when you were a child.
There are many, many opportunities for doing community service. No one can be depressed when they are doing community service.
Plan unstructured, low-cost fun holiday activities
If you drink, do not let the holidays become a reason for over-indulging and hangovers.
Give yourself a break; create time for yourself to do the things YOU love and need to do for your physical and mental wellness
Most of all, if you find yourself feeling blue just remember The choice is always yours
Besides the summer the holidays do bring us the best in new movies. And I just realized there's more this season than just the new Star Wars :) Creed is another one on my list of must see movies. So tonight we're going to talk about what's coming up moviewise in the next few weeks. Best break from the shopping and the family.... 2 hours with a bucket of popcorn and some great film making. Can't wait for Star Wars? Or you need to hear about everything else that's out there? Join me tonight for the holiday movie preview.
“Holiday parties and inappropriate questions go hand in hand. What is it with these events that people feel at liberty to bring up the most personal issues?” Where You Going in That? host Bridgette Reas asks Melissa Leonard. The etiquette guru’s explanation? Alcohol’s to blame! “People drink at parties,” says Melissa. “They feel loose, they feel happy. Plus, they feel like, we’re all friends here. So they’ll often ask, ‘Where are you working?’ Then they’ll say, ‘Oh, you’re still there? Well, ah, you’ve been there for seven years. Is there a promotion in your future?’ In those cases, where someone’s just being nosey, keep your response simple, like, ‘Oh, I love my job. I’m good at what I do. And I’m really happy there.’ Or if they ask, ‘So, when are you going to have kids?’ make it fun. Tell them: “If we decide to have kids, you’ll be the first to know. We’ll invite you to the baby shower!”
Interior stylist Anna Brent is bent on making this holiday season not only memorable, but aesthetically pleasing. “You can give your home a cheerful and festive holiday update with easy-to-create crafts, says the Clips and Tips host, who also pens a furniture-shopping column for Examiner.com. “One great idea is to spruce up your dining table with Chritmas napkins. Get some wood napkin rings from a crafts store like Michaels or Jo-Anne’s and paint the outside trim in a gold or silver metalic. Then use them to hold solid green or red cloth napkins. Another fun idea is to make a paper journal for the table, where you and your guests can capture your sentiments from the event, then return to them at next year’s dinner.”
Nikita Harris is a catalogue of holiday-entertaining tips, from drinking responsibly to decking the halls for a song. “Make sure your guests have enough to eat. I learned that the hard way. I went out one evening and didn’t have an appetite prior to getting to the party so I didn’t eat. Then I had a couple of drinks and I was really, really ill the next morning. You have to have something in your stomach to absorb the alcohol,” says The VA Housewives host. “Another great tip is, don’t slave away in the kitchen all night. Be organized so once the party starts you can enjoy your guests. What makes or breaks a party is the atmosphere, and it’s up to the hostess to generate good conversation and have good music. Also, holiday decorations don’t have to blow your budget. Poinsettias really brigten up a room, or you can spraypaint branches gold and light a whole bunch of candles. That’s all very inexpensive.”
Candi Fox and Randy Slovacek you to save money this holiday season, without skimping on the fun or sacrificing tradition. “If you get a gift in a big box wrapped in really nice paper, you can reuse that same paper to wrap a gift you’re giving someone else. You’ll also be helping save the environment, and you’ll save yourself time,” says Randy, co-host of The Candi and Randy Show. “If you go shopping for Christmas cards or decorations that day after Christmas, you can save like 75 percent—for next year. So it takes some planning, but it’s worth it. But be sure to remember where you put it,” he adds. “Decorations can also be expsensive. But you can get pine cones throughout the year and spraypaint them gold or silver, put them in a clear vase and add some of those pinpoint Christmas tree lights. That’s a really cute way of making a room look festive without having to spend hundreds of dollars all around the house.”
Going vegan this holiday season? No need to fret when planning your festivities! Nava Atlas is here to share her favorite recipes that are free of animal products, yet just as scrumptious as the dishes grandma laid out each November and December. “I have one buffet that’s specifically for this time of year, the author of Vegan Holiday Kitchen tells The Jazzy Vegetarian host Laura Theodore. “It has sweet-and-spice pecans, garlic-and-rosemary roasted mushrooms, kale and carrot strudel, and creamy cracked pepper cheez—which isn’t a dairy cheese; it’s based on raw cashews. It’s an addictive concoction that I don’t even want to be left in the same room with. Also, a hot artichoke and white-bean spread. And for Hanukkah, I make vegan latkes, which are held together by either cooked oatmeal or cooked keema flakes. That works just as well as egg. No one can ever tell the difference.”
Chef Carlton Whisonant doesn’t kid around when it comes to seasoning during the holiday, ah, season. “This time of year, we need to talk about fresh herbs. Because not only will they enhance your Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes, they have strong medicinal properties,” says the host of The Healing Chef. "So they’ll add excellent aroma and flavor to your cooking, while also making you healthier. A lot of the herbs that we use all the time—cumin, blue violet, bayleaf, alfalfa, garlic, aloe vera, dill, cilantro, coriander—can be found at a regular grocery store. And the herbs you keep in your kitchen cabinet in a shaker are fine for ocassional use. But to get the full medicinal and culinary value, you’ve got to use fresh herbs.”
Chef Dionna Hurt of Food Network Challenge has a bevy of devilishly delicious holiday desserts on tap that even neophyte cooks can whip up in minutes. “When we all first start cooking, everything seems so new and different. But we don’t all jump right in and become Julia Child,” she tells The Miss Mo Show host Mo Holden. “Sometimes we need to start a little slower. The recipes we’ll discuss today are very user-friendly, with all the ingredients found at your local supermarket. Like the bread pudding with whiskey sauce. This is a Southern favorite that requires just a handful of ingredients—day-old bread, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and raisins. It’s the kind of holiday dessert you can make ahead of time and freeze if you’re going to a party. And if you want a non-alcoholic sauce instead of using bourbon, you can substitute a caramel sauce.”
Chef Ernesto Hayes may be the hardest working man in the holiday-cooking biz, but he doesn’t regret a moment of extra time spent on his confectionary creations. “I did a screamin’ cheesecake at work today. It was a vanilla cheesecake but I added a little lemon to it. I needed it to be a little more sweet. Where I normally would add a cup and a quarter of sugar, I added a cup and three quarters of sugar. It was awesome,” says the host of D’Vas 2 Radio. "I’ll give you the recipe right now: One and a half pounds of cream cheese. When you go to the store and buy the Philadelphia brand, it’s usually in an eight-ounce block. So you’ll need three of those. Let’m get soft and put them in a mixer, using the paddle attachment. Add one-and-three-quarters cup of sugar and mix it real slow, so there’s no extra air in it. That way, when you bake it, it’ll rise then fall into a perfect shape, rather than like a souflee. Then add your eggs one at a time. Once that first egg is totally incorporated, stop the mixer and scrape the bowl and make sure it’s all smooth. Then add your second egg. And scrape the bowl again. If you don’t do it this way, you’ll have chunks of cream cheese in your cake.”
Marnie Swedberg is on a mission to make this Thanksgiving and Christmas a joy for those who do the lion’s share of the work. “For women, a lot of the holiday responsibilities fall on our plates to organize and make sure all of this is happening each year. And it’s overwhelming because not only are you expected to do everything you always do, you’re expected to add 20 to 60 additional hours of preparation time,” the author of Marnie's Kitchen Shortcuts: Cut Your Cost, Cut Your Time, Cut the Fat tells The Best People We Know host Deb Scott. “By Christmas Eve, mom is so exhausted she’s not enjoying herself, and she’s not even fun to be around. Often she says things she later wishes she shouldn’t have said, which is tragic because it doesn’t have to be that way. So I’ve put together a Holiday Boot Camp to help us get organized enough to have a peaceful, enjoyable holiday season.”
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