Just between us, the holidays bring out the domestic diva in everyone. Really. Even people who claim to be anti-divas get into the act. Take my best friend and across the street neighbor, Nina Reid Norwood. She's been known to order in take-out and put it in pans so her monster-in-law will think she cooked. Yet I saw her hanging a stunning wreath on her front door. And as if that wasn't enough, she surrounded the door with a gorgeous garland of evergreens twined with a rich red and gold ribbon.
Francie, my next door neighbor, is likely to snarl "bah, humbug" at Natasha. (Okay, who wouldn't? Natasha can be a pain.) But Francie is baking her favorite Christmas cookies to bring to the neighborhood cookie swap. She's not into baking at all. Gardening is Francie's thing, which explains the pine swags on her stoop that are decorated with bright red berries from her backyard.
Natasha spends the holiday season criticizing, er, helping, everyone on the block by improving what they've done. Seriously? She wound a mud brown garland up her front stairs and accented it with glittery black feathers.
In a couple of days I'll be heading down to my parents' house for Christmas. We take turns hosting the big family event. I thought my brother and sister-in-law might never be willing to host Christmas again after what happened to them! You can read all about it in THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE. I'm the one hosting Christmas next year, and I can't wait!
No matter how you celebrate or decorate, I wish you a merry and bright Christmas! And now I'm off to bake cookies for the neighborhood swap.
Krista wanted me to mention that she's having a Christmas cookie contest. The winning recipes will be published in the 2014 Domestic Diva Mystery! Preference will be given to recipes handed down in families. If there's a story behind the recipe, she'd love to hear it. If it's from a cookbook, please include the title and the author. If it's from a website, please include a link. Send your recipe to Krista at KristaDavis dot com .
Which brings me to the question of the day: What's your favorite Christmas cookie or bar?
For the Have a Cozy Christmas Contest Krista is giving away books to two lucky winners today. Your choice of THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE or THE DIVA DIGS UP THE DIRT! To enter, leave a comment today and check back tomorrow to see if you won!