I just got back from my last holiday soiree of the year. With so many parties, it finally occurred to me last Tuesday night to forego the Christmas cheer and have diet 7-Up instead. What a concept! But, I HAVE learned that hangovers aren€™t all about overindulging. Little sleep and MAJOR sugar overload (it€™s what alcohol turns into when it hits your system), each feel like a hangover all on their own. If you think you€™re going to deserve one, drink a ton of water, pop some aspirin, a multivitamin, and take a pitcher of water to bed with you. Make sure there€™s a glass on the nightstand. And a couple o’ Alkafizzies. That€™s some good (stuff). From The Official Records Department€”The Dove Lady hasn€™t deserved a hangover in 20 years.
€˜Kay, so have you been naughty or nice? Last year I made the Nice list, but Santa did say I could do better about picking up my toys. I didn€™t, but I haven€™t stopped looking for his hidden camera! Check out your Naughty/Nice Rating on the official Nice-O-Meter at www.claus.com. Make cards for your friends/family with their official ratings, too! It€™s a kick in the butt!
So, the next few days you’ll see friends and exchange gifts and take cookies and pumpkin-date-nut bread to the neighbors. Want to make those gifts extra special? Light €˜em up! I found these little battery operated sets of lights€”-ten per with a battery pack sized to fit two C batteries, in colors or all white. Attach the battery pack to the box amid the ribbons or inside the box and run the wires/lights to the outside. Or put the lights INside the box. Just make sure you can access it just before the gift is opened so you can turn the lights on–the whole point, knowwhutumsayin’? This year my sister found mini, mini light sets, 20 little, teeny, tiny lights that run on four AA batteries. It€™s a much slimmer battery pack, better quality AND twice as much, but well worth the $4 for the accolades you€™ll get. And you can use them to light up a neck tie, adorn a favorite sweater (run the wires inside and poke the little lights through the knit), or run them through an up-do. You could even arrange them in your December 24 or 25 wedding bouquet. Picture it–evening, candlelight, you and your maids€™ bouquets sprinkled with the lights, and at a significant moment, have someone graaaaaadually dim the overhead lights, enjoy the €˜oooohs€™/€˜aaaahs€™ as your bouquets (and creativity!) are admired and then have the lights slowly brought back up. Preeeeedy. If you decide to do it, include it in your rehearsal and time it. I€™d say 15 seconds down, hold 15 seconds at almost dark (not too dark€”you don€™t want yer guests freakin€™ out), and then 15 seconds to bring the lights back up. And while you€™re at it, if you want a favorite song played during your ceremony, time IT, too. If you have live musicians, the attention is on them. If your D.J. will play the song, it€™s all you babe. And even three minutes can seem like an eternity when you€™re “on stage.” Details, details, details.
- It’s DONDER and Blitzen! Am I wrong? I think not!