Every year I aim to host a holiday gathering for my closest friends. It's an opportunity to show them how special they are to me and to thank them for being in my life. This year we celebrated the holidays a little earlier than usual because I was given the opportunity to host a Kmart Decorate It Forward party through HouseParty.com.
As I explained it to to my guests, the holiday decorations we're surrounded with this time of year help to instill a sense of joy that we carry through our days and that in turn help us spread cheer to those we interact with. I can't overstate how much I love this time of year so I jumped on the chance to host this party. I received a Kmart gift card to purchase a few decorations and a holiday CD by Colbie Caillat to help set the tone for the event but the rest was up to me.
I cooked up some of the food that my mom used to make for Christmas (Pernil, Arroz con Gandules, and Empanadas) and provided holiday themed snacks like peppermint chocolate cookies, candy canes, and apple cider. In an effort to make sure my guests remembered the Decorate it Forward theme, I purchased blank holiday cards and asked that each of my guest fill one out for one of our many military heroes. Today, I mailed those cards to the Holiday Mail For Heroes program through the Red Cross for distribution at military installments and veteran's hospitals.
How do you decorate it forward? Do you host a holiday party for friends and family? Tell me about your holiday traditions.