by CY Cooper
It seems like it was only a day or so ago we were all enjoying the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. It’s really hard to believe that we are now moving toward the middle of January 2018 and getting set for the next BIG holiday, which is Valentines Day. It didn’t take the retail stores long to move forward as they were putting up hearts and flowers the day after Christmas.
You know it’s not a secret that the holiday season is just plain busy for everyone. Whether it’s family, friends, co-workers, church or other organization functions, most of us find ourselves so busy we don’t have time for ourselves or to just look around, sit for a quiet moment and ENJOY the season.
Well during the holiday hustle and bustle I did a couple of activities for yours truly. I registered for a total of (3) cooking classes. Two of the classes took place at the Fort Worth Cooking School at Central Market and the other at Sur La Table in Fort Worth. Let me tell you, all (3) classes were hands on, educational and a lot of FUN. Besides taking home the recipes and instructions on what we accomplished in class, all participants took home a nice sampling of our finished baked goods. Now I’m sure you’re probably thinking that you want to do anything but cook/bake, BUT as stated earlier it was FUN, a lot of FUN. It was an activity where you could go with a friend or by yourself and meet other people with an interest in cooking/baking. Plus, for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours you were away from the holiday rush. I learned to bake everything from buttermilk biscuits in a cast iron skillet, Parker House rolls to eggnog cranberry swirl bread just to name a few.
I didn’t just stop with the cooking/baking classes. My sister and I attended the Texas Ballet Theater’s THE NUTCRACKER at the wonderful Bass Hall. It’s become a family tradition and it’s a MUST SEE. If you’ve never had the chance to see this ballet, you should. It just may become one of your Christmas traditions.
And finally, yours truly is a fan of tea, and The Ashton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth starts their Holiday Tea Service the day after Thanksgiving. This was my first time attending but I can tell you it won’t be my last. I tried to reserve a couple of seats for the week before Christmas but they were all booked up. I made a reservation instead for a date after Christmas and even then there wasn’t an empty seat to be found. Holiday Tea at The Ashton Hotel runs through the end of the month of December. The tea was EXCELLENT and so relaxing. DEFINITELY put this activity on your TO DO list for the 2018 Holiday Season.
The Christmas of 2017 was busy and it sped by quickly, but I can truly say it was FUN and memorable.
It’s 2018. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.