This is the time of the year that I can’t imagine not just curling up with a thick book, a blanket wrapped around me and a glass of wine beside me. It’s the “hustle and bustle” of planning holiday dinners, shopping, wrapping presents, school programs, and the dozens of things I’m already forgetting about that make me sit down at the end of the day from exhaustion but pure joy. Every year, we exhaust ourselves for that magical reward – joy. The smiles, the hugs, the laughter, the screams of excitement and every year, it’s so worth it.
In between all of the planning and excitement of the holidays, we have to be careful to remember to take time for each other. It’s not entirely about presents and baking, we should plan simple ways to reconnect and make time to just be with each other.
During holiday gatherings, it’s a great idea to any younger guests the opportunity to entertain themselves and each other. Let them play board games, make gingerbread houses, or watch a family-friendly holiday movie while the adults enjoy a few sips of wine and catch up on life.
You can also give a gift of wine to someone who needs to unwind and reconnect with someone. Maybe you know new parents who deserve some time alone? An easy gift idea would be a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a coupon for a night of babysitting!
If the holiday plans are just too much for everyone, see how you can lighten the mood for a few friends with a wine tasting and present wrapping party. You can provide the wine and appetizers and ask each guest to bring a roll or two of wrapping paper, everyone should bring tape and scissors and make a night of wrapping presents!
Don’t forget about how you can end the year with friends and family! You may not want to plan a New Year’s Eve party, so how about throwing an early evening wine and dessert spread? Let people stop in on their way to late-night parties and share stories from the year and wishes for what’s to come. Making time to be with those we love doesn’t have to be hard, you just have to think about how you can plan around life’s moments.
When planning your end of the year events, see what wines from Wente Vineyards work best with your plans. What pairs well with appetizers, or with a dessert bar? Wente Vineyards wines are priced for every budget so you won’t break the bank trying to entertain and have fun.