The new year has arrived, and with it, a bit of culture shock: back to work, back to reality, back to a reasonable amount of cookies. It can be rough. At the end of my workday on December 26th, I fake-whined to my co-workers, "I haven't had any Champagne all day!"- then went home and had a glass. It's important not to shock the system... The holidays can definitely be a time of indulgence (though I've been able to keep up my usual workouts, it's been Constant Cookie Season around here), and for good reason: winter is a tough time of year. It's dark, cold, and dreary, and we all need a little sparkle- whether in a glass of from strings of lights- to help us get through it. I've been thinking of other ways I can bring a bit of indulgence into my life, without wrecking my budget or my health.
- I'm going to keep my white lights up for at least another month, probably until the end of February. Last year I kept my mirror garland up until March and I was so glad I did. It made the dark days a lot brighter.
- A single bottle of Champagne (well, Prosecco) in the fridge can work wonders. I'm not nearly as likely to open it as a non-sparkling wine, so it's likely to be there for awhile, reassuring me that festivities are always at hand.
- Half- or quarter-batches of cookies are the way to go! A batch of cookies makes too many cookies to be alone in the apartment with, but there's no reason I should go completely without. A few fresh-baked cookies now and then are good for the soul- and, I'd argue, the body.
- You know how December can be so crammed with parties it feels like you're going straight from one cookies-&-Champagne event to the next? I didn't get around to hosting a crafty little soiree over the holidays, so I think I will in January or February. We could all use an excuse to put on a pretty dress or dapper suit and overindulge, just a little.
How do you make the transition from party-time to back-to-the-grind a bit smoother? Happy New Year, everyone!
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