November 10th, 2020
On My Mind

Doing The Holidays With Gusto

I made a vow to my family that this year I will celebrate the holidays with gusto. Last year we were packing to move, which overshadowed all celebrations, and 2020 has been challenge-filled to say the least. So, even though just our girls will be home and we won’t see extended family or friends, I’m going to pull out all the stops (and decorations — mixing festive plates with my great-grandmother’s china) to create a fun and joyful Thanksgiving and Christmas.


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  • You are so fortunate to be celebrating holidays with your daughters. My husband and I aren’t so lucky and it will be just the two of us this year. I guess we all need to count our blessings and be grateful for good health and hope 2021 brings more family members and friends together!

    Paula BNovember 10th, 2020  7:09 AM

  • Really needed this inspiration! I’m definitely feeling “bah humbug” let’s just fast forward to 2021.

    LisaNovember 10th, 2020  7:31 AM

  • Kudos to you Preston on your vow! I too have made a similar one to myself. I will have extra time on my hands this holiday too, so I am creating special experience ‘treats’ for myself: a stack of good books to curl up and read, a new scented candle for each holiday week, new hiking trails to explore, homemade marshmallows and the Eataly hot chocolate recipe, new cloth napkins for my table, among others. I’m creating a list of special things to do in my planner, so my holiday days have something new and a little bit of sparkle to them.

    Lisa FNovember 10th, 2020  2:09 PM

  • Hear, hear! And three cheers!! I encourage all of Preston’s lovely readers to raise a glass to this tomorrow at 5 p.m.! : )
    I, too, am going full steam ahead with Thanksgiving and Christmas. We even have a plan for New Year’s Eve! Today I placed orders for fresh Georgia pecans for home, my sister, and my adult kids who love to cook. Most of my shopping is complete; the tree will be a fresh Victorian fir; we always invite people we are feeling especially thankful for in for a champagne toast late afternoon of Thanksgiving (if weather permits, we’ll be outside around a fire); and . . . because I have been so anticipating Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, we will celebrate with a very festive new punch bowl, which will be filled early and often. Plus, the punch alone will kill a lot of germs. : )))
    (Those red and white dishes are the happiest!)

    PaulaNovember 11th, 2020  1:26 AM

  • Struggled to respond without being maudlin as Christmas will be so incredibly different for our family this year in so many ways. In the spirit of your post I will say that I’m sweeping away some things and beginning new traditions including tableware and some of this Vinter style will do nicely.

    SueMNovember 11th, 2020  8:52 AM

  • Trying some new ideas this year for the holidays….I’ve only gotten as far as Thanksgiving, but instead of the traditional meal with our usual large group…we’re going to celebrate by making our own pizzas with turkey sausage and a kale Caesar salad. Pumpkin pie for desert. Just our small family pod, but it will be fun to have everyone involved in the meal, I think.

    KathyNovember 11th, 2020  10:01 AM

  • For sure the holidays will be different with a smaller gathering but the meanings nonetheless the same. In fact, Thanksgiving will be the first to reflect on the time not so long ago that we took for granted…parties, filled store shelves, health etc. On a lighter note, LOVE the plates to add a festive touch to my china as well…just ordered! Thank you for posting!

    MaryBNovember 11th, 2020  3:08 PM

  • Thank you for this. You gave me a much needed boost and holiday spark My Vinter salad plates arrived today and brought an all encompassing smile to my face. A second order of dinner plates for my mother In-law was placed today !

    Thank you Preston for the reminder to be thankful – festive and joyful !

    EmilyCNovember 13th, 2020  9:15 PM


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