Southern Affairs: The Wonderful Life of “Auld Lang Syne”

The holiday season is such a rich time of the year. Family and friends come together to celebrate the Savior, make sweet memories, and eat the best they have eaten all year long. As the song “Auld Lang Syne” suggests, the holidays can hold affectionate memories and traditions for each of us, but sometimes we can all be in the mood for new traditions and recipes. Here are some sweet traditions and tips to add to your holiday schedule and one recipe that is sure to keep you warm as chestnuts roasting on an open fire!


Decorating the tree is a family affair

We can all be overwhelmed with the idea of the perfect Christmas tree and pristine decorations. There is a great emphasis put on picture perfect wonderland settings—the symmetrical ornaments, plush mantle, and perfectly executed tablescapes. All this can take away from the fun and memory-making involved. Try handing out décor jobs to each member of the family. This way everyone is part of transforming your home into a yuletide oasis. The same goes for clean-up, too!

Stages tip: When decorating a real Christmas tree, remember to let it rest in water for a few hours before placing lights on the branches. This allows time for the tree to become acclimated and hydrated before hot lights illuminate your space.

Personalized wrapping paper can become precious keepsakes

Each year we look forward to new trends, prints, and themes found in the season’s wrapping accessories. As much as we love a popular style, there is something to be said for traditional wrapping paper. Try brown craft paper for an antique look that provides a blank canvas for unique touches. You can write a name, personal note, scripture, or even a proposal on them. This will be a warm gesture that will not go unnoticed by loved ones.

Stages tip: If a particular wrapping sentiment holds special meaning for years to come, try framing it and allowing that to be part of your annual décor or even a staple in your home. Personal relics will always be in style.

Poinsettia cocktail

Eat, drink, and be merry! What would the holidays be without a festive drink recipe?

1/2 ounce of vodka

1/2 ounce of cranberry juice

2 ounces of sparkling wine

Serve in a champagne glass and garnish with lemon twist, cranberries, or fresh rosemary.

For non-alcoholic options, remove vodka and replace sparkling wine with lemon-lime soda or seltzer water.

Stages tip: Please drink responsibly.