Home for the Holidays!

It’s that time of year again…the airports are crowded, the shelves are bare, and pots are overflowing with gooey and delightful carb fueled deliciousness—ah, the holidays!

Thanksgiving is one of my personal favorites…who doesn’t love going to the store, picking up just the right pair of stretch pants that do their best to slim and store our “holiday curves”? The foodie season also begins with the umpteenth conversation with my mother about my apple pies. It goes a little something like this…

Mom: “Danielle, am I buying apples”?
Me: “Yes”.
Mom: “Well you know YOU are the one baking, right”?
Me: “Yes”.
Mom: “Why? Granny Smith does such a good job”.
Me: “Mom, just buy the apples”.
Mom: “Fine, but I’m not helping”.

Traditions…there’s nothing like ‘em!

I know it’s corny but as I pack my fuzzy socks and comfy “lounge wear” into my luggage I can’t help but think about how lucky I am. I have a home and family that I actually LOVE visiting. There is a warm sense of calm, like a cashmere blanket, that comes over me as my plane touches down on Long Island. My shoulders drop, my back loosens up and more importantly my blackberry remains off!

There is no bottle of wine no matter how tasty it is that can provide me with the serenity that QT with the family can give.

So, no matter where you go and with whom you spend this glorious time—
Remember to take a moment this season to be grateful. Grateful for the life you are living and the people that share it with you. With the uncertainty of the times, it’s more important than ever to make sure that the people you love not only know it but feel it as well.

Here’s to the beginning of a wonderful holiday season filled with blessings, light, and love!