Friday, December 30, 2016

Long Live Christmas Candy -- And, if it's Not Too Much to Ask, Also Those Who Eat It

Tee: J. C. Penney's
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Princess Vera, Kohl's
Belt: Apt. 9, Kohl's
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's

Top: Merona, Target
Skirt: Lauren Conrad, Kohl's
Shoes: Betseyville, Macy's
Bag: Macy's
Belt: Kohl's
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's 


Top: Liz Claiborne, Marhsalls
Skirt: So, Kohl's
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Marshalls
Belt: Candie's, Kohl's
Sunglasses: So, Kohl's

Some people think of Christmas as a series of preparations leading up to December 25, with the day itself as the be-all and end-all of the festivities.  I used to think that too -- until I realized that it was a recipe for disappointment (also, seriously stale Christmas cookies; read on, as this makes more sense later).  Now, I put my decorations up the week before and look at Christmas Day as the beginning of a two-week celebration.  It's a time filled with eating, sleeping, and sale shopping -- hibernation as Mother Nature (that most ingenious of women) intended.  Leftover holiday treats fit right in as the gift that keeps on giving.  I speak, of course, of the vacuum-sealed, non-homemade variety: 

Exhibit A: Old-fashioned Christmas candy (that looks a lot like Fimo beads).

Exhibit B: Chocolate reindeer Peeps.

Goodies like these will keep you fat and happy until Valentine's Day.  On the other hand, the homemade kind, especially anything baked right after Thanksgiving, will give you the gift of ptomaine.

The same goes for Christmas treat-themed jewelry (not the ptomaine part, but the timelessness).  Sure, this Lucy Lollipop Necklace looks swell with red velvet and eggnog around the Yule log.  But it's also pretty sweet with polka dots and ice cream on the Fourth of July.  

Then again, I keep my tree up until Martin Luther King Day, so take this with a grain of . . . sugar.