The holidays are a time to be around family. It is the season to build memories and have a good time with those that you love. To play games, watch movies, listen to holiday tunes, and just enjoy some time off without worrying about the things you have to do, but rather focus on the tasks you want to do. We often lose sight of what the holidays are all about. We think that buying or receiving expensive gifts is what will make the holidays special. While yes, it is a time to give out presents, they do not necessarily have to be expensive gifts, or even things that you buy for that matter. It could be something you have worked hard to make with your own two hands. A craft of some sort. That, is a lot more meaningful. We must remember that a gift from the heart means so much more than a present from a store. Anyhow when it is all said and done, only one thing is really important during the holidays. In my opinion there is only one task that is most crucial. Something that the holidays would not be complete without. This time of year is all about eating. Sure we eat all year around, but this is the time where we get to eat seasonal dishes and treats that make the holidays stand out. It is the time to let loose and enjoy life. Food is life. Buttery, chocolatey, crunchy food is living.
If you want to give someone close to you a really special gift this holiday season, one that will make them light up with joy; a present they will really appreciate and smile over, then bake them something. If you have not experienced the magic that home baked goods have, and the effect it has on people, then you must experience it for yourself. And soon. Wrap up some brownies, cookies or bars like a present and watch the huge smile on your loved one’s faces form when they see their delicious treats for the first time. It will be a gift that will last, for each time they open the tin or box to reach one and grab another treat, they will be reminded of the love that is there. It will mean so much more than a store-bought present because they will know you spent time making them something special. A perfect treat to hand out are pecan bars, for instance, because they are sturdy, long-lasting, and oh so tasty. It is like pecan pie on the go, without the mess of cutting or worrying about a fork. If you want to make the pecan bars really decadent, then dip them in melted dark chocolate. Those really have immense powers. On the second thought, save the chocolate dipping for someone you really love, not just for any ordinary Joe.
Whether you make these bars for someone as a gift or just bake them up for the family this holiday season, keep in mind one thing. The holidays are meant to be enjoyable and stress-free. Look around you and be grateful that you are surrounded by loved ones, family and friends. I know it is not always easy to see the blessings we have and often we might think that we have it bad, but we must remind ourselves that it could always be worse. Someone out there in the world has it worse off than we do. Nothing is worth carrying a burden over. Let it all go, and enjoy the holidays. Above all be safe.