Are your feeling overwhelmed or scroogy yet? I hope not, but it can happen to the best of us in the midst of endless preparations, activities, and celebrations. Perhaps you need a time out? Grab a hot drink, make yourself comfortable and take a few minutes to recharge. I’ve found some no-pressure links to inspire and recharge your spirit this holiday season. It’s OK to allow yourself some down time. Enjoy!
- Taking cookies to the next level. SweetAmbs creates the cutest penguin cookies ever! If you have time, check out her snowglobe cookies, too. ( I just enjoy watching the videos and listening to the music).
- Food 52 shares even more baking tips than I do. Rolling dough between pieces of plastic wrap when it is still soft and then chilling it is genius. I’ll have to give that a try.
- Snowflake bread. Beautiful!
- Slowing down the holiday madness. Laura Gaskill provides very doable words of wisdom.
- Ann Voskamp takes the matter even more seriously. She doesn’t just want to slow Christmas down, she wants to turn it upside down.
- This advice on decorating for Christmas from The Lazy Genius Collective continues the theme of mindful Christmas preparations.
- Two holiday weekends are looming on the horizon. Read this for some suggestions on how to spend the time off. I see much movie watching, book reading and game playing in my future.
- Are you feeling a bit crafty? These paper snowflakes look pretty easy and are very pretty.
- For book lovers: Check out NPR’s Best Books of 2015. A very interesting list. Because I’ve been working so hard to reduce my To Be Read (TBR) pile, I’ve hardly read any of the books mentioned.
- Check this list out from Live Renewed for “life changing” faith-based reading recommendations.
- Even though I probably won’t finish Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge ( I still have 9.5 books to go), the 2016 Reading Challenge is posted. It sounds very tempting.
- If you love A Christmas Carol as much as I do, you might enjoy seeing the home Charles Dickens lived in while he was establishing his career as a writer. You can take a tour here at Houzz.
- My favorite secular Christmas tune…