are you wondering what to wear to your holiday office party this year? maybe it’s a neighborhood cookie exchange penciled on your calendar. or it could be a christmas brunch, holiday concert, or, my favorite, the annual Nutcracker performance. you name it, there’s a variety of activities to attend once the holiday season arrives. and since we’ve been sharing our favorite holiday memories this week. it’s time to gear up for holiday outfits. stay tuned to next week where i’ll share outfit inspiration from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s.
but in the meantime, i have a few tips and tricks for classic holiday outfits. because the holidays can be stressful enough without stewing over ‘what to wear.’ there are menus to plan houses to decorate, and gifts to wrap. through the years i learned that if i keep several wardrobe staples on hand, i can mix and match to my heart’s content, knowing i can throw a holiday ootd together in minutes. it’s a list of holiday wardrobe basics that make life a little easier this time of year. what made the grade? let’s find out.
now for a childhood memory of new year’s day. many of you know that i grew up in omaha, nebraska. deep in cornhusker country. corn and cattle are the bread and butter of nebraska so it’s only fitting the mascot for the university of nebraska is the cornhusker. i’m guessing texas had already nabbed the longhorn steer. but back in the day nebraska football was king. it still is but during the reign of tom osborne, nebraska almost always went to the orange bowl and almost always was fighting for the rights to the national title, clinching wins in 1971 and 1972. when i was a young girl there were just a handful of bowl games with the rose bowl and orange bowl as the two grand-daddy’s of football. at least that’s how i remember things.
the rose bowl kicked off new year’s day with an afternoon game blaring on the television. it was the battle of the big ten and pac eight. and my mother would begin to set the scene. or should i say buffet? first, we started with snacks. artichoke dip made in a bread bowl, a veggie tray, and of course an assortment of chips. my dad’s favorite was pickled herring which was my mother’s nod to good luck for the new year. because we didn’t have the ‘traditional’ new year’s menu of black-eyed peas for pennies, greens for dollars or cornbread for gold.
afterward, the ham would appear on the table and my favorite, homemade potato salad. my mom made the BEST potato salad in the world. i still dream of it. plus, a delicious pineapple casserole made an appearance. it’s the perfect companion to ham in my humble opinion. a beef tenderloin soon followed and there were hard rolls available if you wanted to make a delicious sandwich. condiments, crudites, black and green olives were scattered on the table too. and we munched and crunched our way from the rose bowl to the orange bowl in contented bliss. there was lots of hollering all day long at the refs or players depending on who just screwed up. because football was king in cornhusker country and at our house too. my dad and older brother loved, loved, loved the game and had lots of opinions of what should be transpiring.
so that’s how i spent new year’s day until i was well into my early twenties. and i wouldn’t have had it any other way. it was a wonderful way to start the new year with my family. to this day i cherish those memories and all of the excitement only a good football game can bring.