Self-Care Challenge (Day 329): Preparing a Holiday Meal

Cranberries and raspberries with lemon zest

No matter whether you’re a family of one or 100, the holidays are a time for gathering and celebration.

Because our families live more than 2,000 miles away, it’s hard to get together for the holidays. This year it was just my husband and l, but we didn’t cut any corners with the holiday spread. Ample amounts of turkey, noodles and other fixins showed up on our table, and we’ll have leftovers for days to come (yet another reason to give thanks). I even made myself a personal batch raspberry-cranberry sauce.

But I get that not everyone loves to prepare large holiday meals. Cooking happens to be a lot of fun for me, which is why I consider it self-care. But if cooking isn’t therapeutic for you, then it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to include it in your repertoire.

My kitchen is something between an art studio and a science lab. Sometimes I’m never sure until the very end how an experiment will go, but that’s all part of the fun.

Between prepping various ingredients, I read a book, worked on a crochet project, and watched a movie with my husband. I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday actually.

I hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with your family and friends, and whether or not you prepared the holiday feast, I hope your cheeks were filled with homemade goodness, your belly was filled with laughter, and your heart was filled with love!

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