We often wait for big occasions to celebrate with friends and family, but what happens when those celebrations become routine, too? Another dry turkey dinner this Thanksgiving. The same old stuffing recipe you’ve made for holiday meals. Last-minute gift purchases that feel informal and rushed. Sometimes, holiday traditions turn into holiday habits—a series of events and tasks we think we should do, rather than things we want to do.
This holiday season, do things differently. Here are three ideas to help you press pause and celebrate life’s little wins.
Little Win: Try a New Holiday Recipe
We have powerful memories tied to food, especially around the holidays. Some traditional holiday dishes are on the table for a reason; they evoke memories of loved ones or honor our heritage. These recipes are keepers.
Last year, we ran a poll, and hundreds of you said you were up for trying Autumn Baked Ziti with Squash or Savory Mashed Root Vegetables at Thanksgiving. Experimenting with a new side dish is a great way to liven up your Thanksgiving dinner.
When you get together with friends and family this holiday season, try a new recipe like one of our most-viewed recipes, Apple Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce, and watch it turn into a hit.
Little Win: Make Edible Gifts a Family Project
Sometimes, no matter how hard you plan, the weekends become overwhelmed with holiday shopping, and your evenings turn into online gift-hunting marathons.
Set aside an afternoon with your kids to bake custom, edible gifts for friends and neighbors. It’ll still take planning and organization, but it’ll transform a tedious task into quality time. You’ll teach your children that the best gifts come from the heart.
Little Win: Put Together a Thoughtful Hostess Gift
How great is that look of surprise on a friend’s face when you show up at her New Year’s Eve party with an unexpected gift?
A little gift basket of champagne, a special champagne bottle opener, and a few of her favorite things makes the perfect hostess gift to show how much you care.
Bring the Holidays Home
Find tips, recipes, and the inspiration you need for all kinds of little wins with Pampered Chef this holiday season. Our blog will feature essential knife skills for fast, efficient holiday cooking prep, solutions for your Thanksgiving leftovers, ways to impress company with charcuterie boards, plus last-minute gift ideas and DIY baked gifts. All those little wins add up to one big win—a holiday season to remember.