Party-Time Means Stress-Time

        Malcolm in the Middle’s Mom, Jane Kaczmarek stars in a great book trailer for ‘TWAS THE LATE NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS, that book I’ve mentioned starring me.  You’ll see fun pictures created by Nancy Hayashi and get an intro to the story.  Unfortunately to see my role, you’ll have to buy the book.

  Now let’s move on to the real business of this post.

Why does everyone and her cousin decide to have a party in December?  There are classroom parties, office parties, tree-decorating parties, and book club parties, just to name a few.

Do you have an urge to give a party this holiday season?

Want my advice? 


Long ago my dear Mr. Saint Nick and I moved our Elf Appreciation Party to March when no one has the pressure of Christmas hanging over his or her head. 

Delay your party.

Sit on your hands so you can’t address one invitation or send out a single Evite.  Keeping up with the responsibilities of family and the holidays you have more than enough on you platter.

Wait until January, or better yet February, when it’s gray and dreary and no one is sick at the thought of another gathering.  You’ll be the only celebration in town and believe me time everyone will be grateful for your invitation.

So it’s decided—no December Party, but in case you have guests drop in unannounced, it’s best to be prepared.  I keep several appetizers in my freezer just in case.  And if no one visits , no matter, you can bring them out Christmas day.  My two favorite are recipes are for yummyhammymeatballs 003 (2)


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        Do you have other holiday appetizers that can be prepared in advance and frozen to turn any gathering into a special event?  Tell us about them.

Our next post the day before Thanksgiving, the day before the beginning of Hanukah, November 27th is a good time to think about actions we can do to help others. 

 Until then, let’s all strive for a stress-free, love-filled Christmas . . .