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Embrace the Holidays – 4 Essential Tips for a Memorable Celebration at Home

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Ever wonder why the holidays seem to pass so quickly? Between shopping for last-minute gifts, preparing a large meal, or traveling, the season tends to slip by all too fast. But this year, challenge yourself to slow down, breathe, and enjoy every magical moment, and take advantage of the opportunity to observe an exceptional holiday celebration at home. Follow our three essential tips to ensure this year’s festivities are meaningful (and maybe even the start of a new tradition).

How Can You Use Holiday Decorations to Create a Focal Point in Your Home?

Decorating for the holidays is a great excuse to get excited for what’s to come. Start by choosing a color scheme and style that makes the most of your residence, then carry this throughout your space. Something as simple as choosing a stoneware menorah from Jonathan Adler (676 N. Wabash Ave.) versus a traditional brass menorah, or a velvet tree skirt over a quilted one. Once you’ve selected your design, repeat it in every room. If you decorate your tree with old-fashioned ornaments and a single-color string of lights, accessorize your dining room with a glass vase filled with small antique glass ornaments or similarly colored beads.

Craft Amazingly Hearty & Healthy Meals From Scratch

Because this is the year you intend to slow down and savor every memory-making moment, take the time to curate a menu of hearty and healthy meals. Source ingredients for a fresh cranberry orange relish and French-style bread for an artisan stuffing next door at Whole Foods Market (right next door on W. Huron). Swing by Trader Joe’s (44 E. Ontario St.) to pick up items to create a cheese and crudite platter – like sweet peas and carrots, salted cashews, organic black olives, hard and soft aged cheeses, and a dry Italian salami.Or head to Eataly Chicago (on E. Ohio) for interesting foods, meals for pick-up, and ingredients to create your own masterpiece. Pair all of this with a red blend from Washington state or a crisp prosecco and add a festive flair to your day.

How Can You Make Your Holiday More Meaningful?

This is also your year to add meaning to your 2020 holiday celebration and a time to deepen your connections with those you love. Use Zoom to connect online or your cell to talk untimed. Make a commitment to give gifts you’ve crafted or curated yourself – Paper Source (River North, 232 W. Chicago Ave.) has a large assortment of gift ideas and items to personalize. Do a good deed each day, like delivering a food basket to a person experiencing homelessness, write a letter to someone who had a positive influence on your life, or create a stocking full of treats and place it on the doorstep of your neighbor.

Add a Festive Feel

Consider flowers and floral arrangements to add a nice touch and festive feel to your space. City Scents Floral & Home (on Ohio Street) has numerous options for plants, fresh cut flowers, arrangements, and holiday gifts.

Enjoy Every Moment

In Chicago, the holidays are a fabulous opportunity to enjoy quiet moments and linger a little longer enjoying the urban vibe – especially with 8 East Huron’s exceptional location to everything you love about Chicago. Or simply enjoy time outside with your pooch at the onsite pet park or experience the delight of a spiked hot cocoa while relaxing at one of the community's cozy outdoor spaces with stunning city views. From our family to yours – happy holidays!

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