This time of year can be overwhelming.  Shopping lists, schedules, travel, menus and more.  There are some folks that love the thrill of all the above.  It brings them Joy.  Not all individuals can manage all the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  It certainly takes a mindset to ensure there are happy and joyful moments.

As I reflect on all the amazing opportunities we have experienced this year, I realize how much Joy there is in each and every day. I have to push through the day and find Joy in my actions, regardless of the actions of others.  I am a local business owner.  I work hard every day.  Sometimes too hard.

As a local caterer, creating the culinary experience during the holidays is very joyful and lots of work. Many of my peers would say “I don’t know how your do it?”  I thank my grandmother, mother and father for teaching me good work ethics.  It certainly helps my overall being.

As we gear up for the holiday season, we work with all different types of clients and families.  Each one is looking to create a joyful experience for their guests as well as themselves.  Delicious food, sparkling drinks and Joyful desserts along with top notch customer service.

Let’s face it, no Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other holiday celebration is perfect. An overcooked turkey, a toppled Christmas tree, a last-minute dinner cancellation; try to see these challenges as a chance to “go with the flow.” Joy may not always be present for everyone during these circumstances.

Find Joy in creating a cherished holiday memory. Perhaps a gift exchange with your neighbors.  A Cookie Exchange party, where all the guests bring cookies to share.  Making homemade gifts for family and friends or hosting a “potluck” cocktail party where everyone brings a dish to share.

Take time for yourself.  This is my number one suggestion as we gear up for the holidays.  I really need to listen to this advice.  No, you don’t have to please everyone. During a hectic holiday season, self-care is the best thing you can do — others will benefit when you’re feeling less stressed. Go for a long walk, get a massage, listen to your favorite music, read a new book, or give yourself a holiday project that only you know about. All of us need some time to recharge. Be mindful and focus on the present rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

The holidays often bring sadness as my family is all spread out.  My daughters and grandchildren live out of state.  Not being able to see them during this time is very difficult.  We must find Joy on our video calls and telling stories.

I find joy in while enjoying culinary memories. My grandmother prepared “Rolled Pizza” for the holidays. A simple Italian staple she had and would pull out of the freezer when guests would come over.

Wherever you are this holiday season I hope you find joy.

Goods from the Garden Kitchen and Bakery will be opening soon.  We are moving out of the Garden Event Center where we have been for five years.  We are still located in the Gateway Mall directly across the walkway – off the roundabout.

We look forward to serving you joyful meals and baked goods daily.  928-237-3214.