Holiday Entertaining: Do You Enjoy This Time of Year?

As we ramp up our coverage of holiday cooking and jabber away about hosting festive dinner parties, it occurs to us that maybe not everyone feels as gleeful about this as we do. Do you enjoy all the cooking and entertaining that goes on this time of year, or would you rather skip straight to January?

This can be a rough few months for people who aren’t really into entertaining, don’t celebrate any of the holidays going on, or are far from friends and family. Personally, I’m an introvert through and through. So while I love all the excitement and fun times, I also need a lot of alone time to balance it out and occasionally need to “just say no” to another invitation.

I also get a lot of enjoyment out of cooking good wintry food this time of year, whether I’m sharing it with a roomful of people or just with my husband. I’ll be making a big pot of Beef and Barley Stew this week and I’ve already collected far too many cookie recipes than I can hope to make before January.

What about you? How do you feel about the holidays?

Related: 7 Kitchen Crannies to Clean Before the Holidays

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