Updated: Dec 13, 2021
(Herbs and spices)
To those hosting everyone over for the winter season, cheers to you and all the work that goes into this task. Getting ready for the holidays often consists of doing a lot of chores, shopping for a ridiculous amount of food, and having house guests over. Digging out our recipes, and cooking for days, just to make a meal that gets eaten up in less than half an hour, leaving plenty of leftovers for the days to come. These are the moments that we spend bonding while providing us with a lifetime of memories that help us to shape our holiday traditions as we age.
(Our turkey from 2020)
Having extra toiletries around comes in handy when we have guests over. As a soap maker I am never with soap, and probably have more bars at any one given time than most people, because I test all of the ends and pieces out each time I make a batch of soap. When we have guests that stay here I provide them with some extra toiletries just in case they did not bring any. It is always nice to use your bar of soap when visiting others or having others over at your home. Some bars are soft enough to cut in half or even to take a potato peeler to, shaving off individual slices for single-use soaps! This can be a great way to extend the life of a handmade bar.
(Soaps shaved with a potato peeler for individual use soaps)
Houseguests can show up at any time of the year and sometimes unexpectedly for many reasons. Sometimes we even get to be the house guests. When we stay over or are traveling, I make sure our travel bags are packed. We have a bag packed full of natural toiletries like shampoo & conditioning bars, body butter, liquid coconut oil, colloidal silver, and many other goodies, including soap. It is nice to have these items packed and ready to go and have come in handy often for last-minute travel plans or emergencies. Packing our favorite self-care items can be a simple thing to do that provides a lot of comfort and helps to keep traveling a bit less stressful.
Hangover medication, like electrolytes, are also great things to keep around for the holidays. Spending time talking with loved ones we have not seen in a long time can travel long into the early morning hours while having a few too many glasses of wine or whiskey can happen to the best of us. As we get older hangovers are not a friend to any of us, and keeping hydrated is a good idea. Drinking electrolyte powders, and adding fruits and herbs to your daily intake of water also helps to eliminate the pesky hangover. Melatonin and sleep aids, earplugs for things like airplanes and trades, even the freeway may be an issue for others who are not used to these noises. Keeping items like this in a medical kit can come in handy more than you think.
(Celebrating with food and drinks)
Not everyone eats meat and drinks alcohol, it is always nice to have refreshments that children and those who are not drinking can take part in and feel included also. One of my favorites is to have a sparkling cider or even a virgin hot buttered rum! Some homes are smoking-free, placing an ashtray outside where it is easy to access is also a nice thing to do for those who have guests who smoke. When gathering in groups, acknowledging that many of us have different preferences can help holiday gatherings run a bit smoother. Allowing space for everyone to feel comfortable to be themselves is never underappreciated.
(Pork Chop being open minded)
Being open-minded and with some crowds not talking about politics or subjects that may be a touchy situation. Not everyone believes the same things, often in holiday situations people are drinking and conversations can get intense. Sometimes it is just best to avoid a possibility of a confrontation, to begin with. It is ok to have friends and family who believe in different things and are passionate about different current world affairs, try to look at things from a new perspective and we all just might learn something from each other.
(Natural items used in Christal Clear Soaps)
Saying Thank-You after a big dinner is an easy and free gesture of appreciation. Offering to help take out the trash, wash dishes, and pick up after ourselves are all little things to help make the holidays go a little smoother. Having friends and family in one location sometimes can get a little cramped, sharing responsibilities helps to ensure everyone gets to relax a little. Offering to bring a dish and taking items that are your favorite to drink and eat, is also a great way to share traditions of your own with others. Some of us live in regions that will be having snow and ice and offering to shovel for neighbors with guests who are unable to be another way to help others this season. If you have an extra place at the table this year don't forget to invite someone you know over who may not have plans. Happy holidays everyone.
(Magic Moon Water Christal Clear Soaps)
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(Herbs and flowers used in Chrsital Clear Soaps)
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(Dandelion Christal Clear Soaps)
Here is a list of my completed blogs! Learn a bit about Cold Process Soap and Christal Clear Soaps, and how I got started making all-natural fragrance-free soap.
2) *True cold process soap https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/what-is-true-cold-prcoess-soap
3) *10 random facts about me https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/10randomfactsaboutmyself
4) Activated bamboo charcoal https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/activated-bamboo-charcoal-christal-clear-soaps
7 Rose & wildflower
8) holiday gifts
9) In the garden
10) What’s in my bag
11) Fall is here
12) Essential oils
14) Favorite self-care tips
(Montana sap Christal Clear Soaps)
15) Spices are not just for cooking
16) What I am thankful for
17) New in the shop/stocking up with Christal Clear Soaps
18) An accomplishment I am proud of
20) Selfcare during the holidays