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Wanda’s Word on the Holidays By:




Hey everyone!  Thanks so much for checking back in on my little corner of Bluebell!  Well, as ya’ll know the holiday season is just around the corner, and like so many of you it ALWAYS puts me in a frenzy.  So many meals to cook, gifts to wrap, Planksgiving costumes to make, parties to throw- not to mention the Rammer Jammer gets crazy as ever when we start serving Earl’s Egg Nog (it’s Wade’s recipe).  With all this holiday talk getting so close it’s time to start planning now, so let’s go to an email.  This question comes from Tess W.  Tess writes:

“Hey There Wanda,

         I know you have a busy schedule being a working woman, a good citizen of Bluebell, and a sweet girlfriend to Tom Long (who is so dreamy btw), but I was hoping you could give me some advice on how to balance all that with a hectic holiday season.  How do you still find time to do all the necessary Holiday shopping, making goodies, etc?  Lots of love,


Tess, it’s not easy but it CAN be fun!  If you’re at all like me, you have at least twenty people to cook for over the next few months, a few special ones to buy gifts for, and at least 3 dozen neighbors to make treats for.  It can seem overwhelming, but if you make a schedule and stick to it, this holiday season will be a success.  For example- this year Tom (who I agree is VERY dreamy!) and I have decided we’re going to spend one whole weekend making my famous fruit cakes for all of our friends in Bluebell.  It’s a lot of work, especially since we have to drive all the way up to Jasper to get a truck load of my Uncle Gary’s cherries (that’s the secret to my recipe!), but when we get back we’re going to spend one whole night staying up late, drinking coca cola, eating popcorn and making our cakes for friends.  I already have it marked on the calendar!  This is how I do all of my holiday prepping- I write it down and I stick to it.  I also set aside time the same way to decorate the Christmas tree, wrap presents, cook dinners… it’s all in the planning!  So this holiday season, don’t just fly by the seat of your pants- put your important tasks on the calendar in advance and you’ll have a smooth-sailing, joyous holiday season!  I hope this helps.

Big hugs,



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