When you love Christmas as much as I do, you can’t help but get excited when the time comes to decorate. Especially when you’ve spent two decades single and now you get to force invite someone to join you for the first time.
Step 1. Put on festive decorating gear.
Step 2. Choose seasonal entertainment.
I consider it criminal to decorate a tree or wrap presents without something holiday-related on in the background.
3. Whip up some deliciously festive finger food.
I went with Martha Stewart’s fondue — it just doesn’t feel like a holiday party unless cocktail weenies are involved.
Step 4. Unpack the wares from your latest Michael’s/Bath & Body Works/Wal-Mart bender and get decorating.
Step 5. Don’t forget to pour yourself a drink.
I decided to try my hand at homemade egg nog. Despite the fact that I nearly scrambled the eggs, it turned out pretty well!
Step 6. Admire your handiwork.
Step 7. Slip into your best Christmas pajamas.
The pom-poms on the front? Cute. The pom-pom on the “V” of the thong? Unnecessary. Nothing ruins the moment like your boyfriend asking you if you have a tail.
Step 8. Be merry!
(A very you’ve-just-watched-Love-Actually-and-are-full-of-cheese-and-drunk-on-egg-nog-and-loving-the-Christmas-lights-so-you’ll-think-you-make-the-best-Santa’s-naughty-little-helper kind of merry.)