December 9, 2009
READY8 “From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another… The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other." ~Emily Matthews
AIM8 It’s December, ‘tis the season for office parties and holiday celebrations. Most of us will be attending a social gathering or hosting an event of our own at some point this month. As the hostess, our nature is to make sure all the appropriate foods and decorations are ready and just the right number of guests will be invited to attend. It is so easy to get caught up in making sure we have the best appetizers, the best beverages and the best atmosphere. We spend so much time fussing over all the details of the party that we can actually forget to pay attention to our guests.
Life is too short to worry about fancy decorations or gourmet snacks. We need to slow down, evaluate what’s really important and just ‘be there’ for our guests and give them our attention. We need to sit and listen to them talk, laugh at their jokes and love their warm company. Who knows what kind of long-lasting impression you will make on an unsuspecting guest.
So this year, as you plan and prepare for your holiday get-togethers, forget about being the ‘Hostess With The Mostess.’ Order pizzas to be delivered, eat potato chips and pretzels out of bags and simply enjoy good conversation and quality time with your friends. Very likely, you will have the most memorable party of the year!
FIRE!8 Send an email invitation to a few friends for an impromptu holiday gathering. Have each person bring his or her favorite snack and a beverage to share. Look at old pictures, laugh about the good ol’ days and enjoy each other’s company.