The first good snowstorm of the year – especially right before Christmas – motivates me like nothing else. The snow will be coming down outdoors and I will be baking up a storm inside. Nothing says cookies to me like bad weather. It also makes me want to get out the decorations, light the fires in the fireplaces and make the house as warm as possible both literally and figuratively.
In years past Christmas Eve has always made the Martha Stewart come out it me. I work hard on setting the mood. I want my guests to look forward to it year after year. The first year we had it in Rowe I took it as a challenge. The living room was at the end of its renovation and I used the invitation to the holiday to give that little push to get things done. MOST STRESSFUL CHRISTMAS EVE EVER.
We took the plastic up off of the floor the day before, there were big holes in the walls where sconces were supposed to go, the panel that goes over the mantel covering the chimney was drying on sawhorses the week before – unpainted and more than 20 people had RSVP’d. The girls were awesome at helping to clean up the mess. I decided we would do more of an 1830’s theme and took my Old Sturbridge Village and City Stage theater skills to new heights. Everything was by candlelight. Redware was on the table, the menu was traditional beef and root vegatables. There was mulled cider and potted cheese. It was wonderful, it was an event and it was all theater. There is a lot you can hide in the dark.
So in addition to baking I will be finalizing my dinner theme ideas and making my lists. And when all of that is done I may throw in a little weaving.