Is the weather outside your door frightful, or delightful? Unseasonable warmth — even for our shores — plus no Christmas tree, and waaayyyyyy too many last minute tasks with the start to our holidays on the snowless doorstep has me feeling pinched. If you need me, I’ll answer to Grinch or Scrooge (McDuck).

Between batches of jammy granola and gift-wrapping this morning, time must be made to harvest a bouquet of piney-smelling rosemary, to melt chocolate (for my mug), and for a soundtrack yuletide classics. Christmas spirit, wash over me!

What are your plans this holiday crunch weekend? Here’s to a festive one, and some fun links + last-minute homemade treats from yours truly should you still need ideas.

Cheers, Heather

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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:

  • Today — the third Saturday in December — is National Wreaths Across America Day. A day to pause and honor our nation’s service men, women, and their families by laying wreaths at headstones of those lost. Learn more about this special day, and how you and your family can support the cause.
  • The time is now to plan your winter exercise routine.
  • English Jam Bag Pudding, aka monkey bread with jam, could be your new Christmas favorite.
  • There truly is a museum for everything, and this Polish one looks delicious.
  • While we’re talking Poland: the sweetest ad!
  • Hilarious survival tips for your kids’ holiday recitals.
  • My sister initiated Socksmas several years ago. This year, Booksmas?
  • This week’s pinned words of wisdom. Wisconsin, or bust!

Recently on HGN — great ideas for homemade gifting:

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