While going through my desk I ran across a Christmas card from several years ago. It was better this time than when it first arrived. I stopped what I was doing and sent the sender a quick dm letting her know how much I was still enjoying the card. This got me thinking...Is it time to start thinking about Christmas Cards, baking, buying, and wrapping already?
Is it time to start looking for THE card for this holiday season? They are out and being snatched up and since I'm not one that makes time to make those super cute, homemade jobs either I should make a decision soon! In my entire life there has only been one year that I intentionally had a theme. The French Victorian theme ran from my cards to my table decor for Christmas dinner and all points in between. It looked pretty and I felt accomplished but not enough to repeat it again the following year. Considering a more organized approach to Christmas this year so I can enjoy the process. So I figured it starts with the cards. (Shot in the dark really because I am not a planner for these types of things)
I'm sure you super women out there have already updated your mailing list, picked your theme and are well on your way to cruising through the holiday season. Obviously, this domestic goddess stuff takes planning and executing. I threw that last part in because I will plan to do something great and get sidetracked before having a chance to execute.
Receiving a card via snail mail means that someone took their time to find the perfect cards, write a message specifically for you and to pay postage ((gasp!!!)) just to get that card in your hands. It makes you feel thought of gives the warm and fuzzies. I have a friend Deb that manages to pull off superwoman status on the daily and so when Christmas comes around, she just dials it up. She's the lady that makes time in her schedule each Christmas to write out those amazing cards. It's a nice reminder that someone is thinking about you and your family. (Did I mention she makes like a million holiday cookies she packages and gets out to countless people also?)
So perhaps this is the weekend that I find a perfect Christmas Cards to send out this year. And to those that have been doing this consistently throughout the years...please don't stop. You never know what time of year that card is making someone feel special and causing a smile.
Have you opened that door yet? You know, the one that sends you spiraling down that slippery slope of pumpkin flavored everything and fall decor.
I recognize all the signs but I am stubbornly refusing to bite. Yes, it's chilly when I get up in the morning, yes, I may soon need a sweater to leave the house, yes, the leaves are turning the most beautiful colors and yes, I saw pumpkins for sale. I'm holding tightly to the remains of summer. Beaches, lighter hair, suntans and the ocean. I was just there!!! Less than two weeks ago.
I know I'll have to accept the inevitable and boldly traipse into fall with my plaid and riding boots (are they still in fashion? I must find out). It will all start with that coffee shop trip for the official ordering of the season's first Pumpkin Spice Latte. (And if you're a cool kid, it's a PSL because we are far to busy to say the entire name.)
As you may have guessed, we like to encourage supporting our local businesses. We have our monthly meetings at local restaurants to support our communities. One of my favorites (and on our list for monthly meeting places) is Paradise Diner. It's located on rte 17 in Fredericksburg and well worth the trip!
When you walk in the door you are immediately greeted by a dessert case that is rivaled by no other in the area. Seriously! There they all are for you to drool over while you decide which you are going to try. There are around 17 available daily to choose from It's sinful!! Believe it or not, that's not the best part of visiting this restaurant. You'll receive outstanding customer service and food that is out of this world. I've been several times and ordered something different each visit and everytime the meal has been consistently delightful.
From the street the place looks tiny. This is deceptive as it is a rather sizeable place and very comfortable. You may come in a stranger but you will leave as part of the family. Not uncommon is to receive hugs on your way out! Do you dine alone? If so, you'll love it here. In addition to the tables, they have a counter that you can sit at (think old school diner).
So, please do support your local businesses and share with your friends and family those that you love. They can always use the business and chances are great that they provide that extra something you won't be finding in a chain store or restaurant.
Hi, I’m Courtney Villarreal, Virginia girl born and raised. I relocated to Fredericksburg from Fairfax in 1993. I am a wife, a mother of two amazing boys and an entrepreneur at heart.
Event coordination, supporting others in business and lifting others, especially women is my mission.