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Post Holiday Bliss

So I look forward to the holidays for months. I obsess over what the wrapping theme will be, whether I’ll make beef or chicken tamales for 30 on Christmas day, how many more lights can I put up this year… you get the picture. And then December 26th comes and I’m in a mad fury to take down all the decorations, get the fire hazard out of the family room and enjoy a clean quiet house that is not full of people. The day the kids are finally back at school is almost as special as Christmas morning for me. Some people feel a little let down when all the parties and the visiting with friends and relatives end– unless your relatives are super scary or the holiday drunk that says inappropriate things. I have a long list of things to do after the holiday chaos ends but this year I’m going to fit in some things to look forward to: 1. A post-holiday lunch for girlfriends who need to decompress. I’m trying to decide whether the theme will be “Hot food for Hot Broads” or “WTFN?” (Why the F Not?). And naturally there will be a color scheme, I’m thinking hot pink with black and white. 2. A bubble bath and a good book. I’ll light some delicious candles, put a cold drink and maybe some almonds or m&m’s next to the tub and just lay there til the water gets cold. This will happen on a cloudy afternoon (instead of cleaning up dog shit or carpooling kids). My all time favorite candles are Trapp Candles. 3. I’m...