I know, I know it sounds crazy- but the truth is, the holidays are upon us! Halloween has come and gone with it’s last minute costumes and sugar highs, and before you know it Thanksgiving will be having us drowsy off of a good ol’ turkey coma just before Christmas takes over with beckoning mistletoe that’ll keep us kissing bae just long enough to get to the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve! So many memories to reflect on, and so many exciting things to look forward to! It seems that during this magical time of the year, anything is possible! Well darlings- we hate to burst the holiday bubble – but there are a few things that we recommend that you avoid this holiday season. Don’t worry- you’ll thank us later!
1. Too Many Cocktails at the Company Party
We all know the co-worker who becomes the butt of all the office jokes the next day at work as a result of his or her tipsy antics the night before at the company holiday party… we’re here today to tell you: “don’t be that employee!”. Keep it at a two drink maximum for the evening to prevent any sloppy conversations with your boss, exposed feelings for a fellow officemate, or performing your rendition of “Grandma got Run Over By a Reindeer” at the karaoke machine only to find out the next day that it’s gone viral thanks to the new receptionist. By all means, celebrate with your coworkers, but keep it classy, darlings!
2. Being a “Yes” Woman
Hey you. Yes YOU, reading this. We think you’re pretty dang cool, you know that?! Speaking of how cool you are, I bet a ton of other people think you’re cool too! Which means, I bet you’ll get countless invites to holiday parties this season! Well guess what? You don’t need to feel obligated to go to all of them. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. If you get to a point this season where you feel like you are spreading yourself too thin, take a step back and take the time to bask in all that is glorious about the holidays. This especially applies to those of you married ladies or gals with blended families who have multiple stops to make on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas day! It can be quite the holiday buzzkill to spend half of your Christmas morning stuck in traffic trying to get to the in-laws before lunch. Avoid being a “yes” woman this holiday season, and be careful not to over commit yourself to engagement. Oh! And while we’re at it- be sure to leave a little wiggle room for spontaneity… you never know when a sporadic snowfall might find you in the perfect place to make a snowman (cue Olaf)!
3. Giving Thoughtless Gifts
Oh dear. The annual cookie decorating party is tonight, and you find yourself sans hostess gift. That snow globe you got from last weekend’s White Elephant Party will do just fine, right? Wrong. A thoughtless gift is almost worse than no gift. Yes, maybe sometimes a handy snow globe seems like an okay idea when you’re in a pinch, but let’s be honest here – there are better options! The last minute gift card or maybe-they-won’t-notice regift is now a thing of your past, darling! Stay prepared this holiday season by buying a bottle or two of wine next time you’re at the market to have on hand for a hostess gift. See an adorable bracelet that you just can’t justify for yourself? Snag it for your BFF! Plan ahead this year, and you’ll never find yourself off to a party empty-handed!
4. Letting Yourself be Pressured by “Cuffing Season”
Ahhh Cuffing Season. Winter’s version of Summer Fling, yet with many more obligations. Going to Holiday parties without a plus one, mumbling a vague answer when nosy relatives start asking about your non-existent boyfriend at the Thanksgiving table, a Hallmark Holiday movie marathon without a cuddle buddy, standing alone at midnight on NYE shielding your eyes from a front row seat of tonsil hockey- all of this adds up to make “having a boo” look exceedingly appealing to even the most happily single ladies out there. Yes, engagement photos will flood your newsfeed with #HeLikedIt #SoHePutARingOnIt #FutureMRS, and yes you will find yourself at family engagements where all of the cousins have brought their significant other, but this doesn’t mean you have to feel pressured by cuffing season! The holidays host some of the best activities- ice skating, snowboarding trips, cookie decorating, cookie eating, and the works! Enjoy this time with friends and family, and a little flirting here and there without feeling the pressure to nail someone down just for the sake of having a poor soul to pick up the tab on your out-of-control Starbucks PSL habit.
5. Being Accepting of All Things Sweet & Savory
“The most wonderful time of the year” comes as a package deal with some of the most wonderful creations my taste buds have ever experienced. Hence requiring seconds, and thirds, and sometimes even spending the rest of the evening on the floor complaining that it is physically impossible for me to move due to a recently conceived food baby. That being said- this is why the holidays can also be a very dangerous time of the year! Months of gym membership and yoga poses out the window as soon as the eggnog is served. This season, keep it healthy, darlings! Save your “cheat” meals for parties and outings where you know there will be tasty treats, and keep your at-home meals healthy and nutritious. If it helps, eat a meal BEFORE embarking off to a party to keep from filling up on frosted Santa cookies and second helpings of pecan pie. It would be a sin to advise any of us to stay away from all things delicious during the holidays, I am simply advising that you pick and choose, darlings!
6. Rushing Through “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Finally, loves, ENJOY the holidays! Avoid rushing through, seeing each holiday as a checkpoint in a race that will take you to the New Year. Soak up every moment, enjoy every peppermint scented candle, every joke Uncle Max tells (even if he is circulating the same ol’ stuff from last year), and every opportunity that presents itself for you to fall back and make a snow angel. Enjoy this time with family, friends, and those you have yet to meet! Take photos, Instagram later. Bake cookies, enjoy them while they’re hot. Have a grand holiday season, darlings!
So, darlings, whether it’s your CEO’s Christmas party, a room of nosy in-laws diving into the turkey, hovering over your ex’s name in your contact list, or prepping your calendar for the madness to come, be sure that you keep our little tips of “What to Avoid” in mind to ensure a fab and festive holiday season!
A giant “THANK YOU” to Marissa Hope for capturing our fun holiday shoot!