First, though, we had some noise. When Mary Beth came out of her dressing room Wednesday morning at QVC, she pointed at me and said as emphatically as she could, “I just told the producer that we’re going to sell out your Cookbook today!”
And we did! Boy, it felt good. We sold all the copies of Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook which QVC had ordered. And we did it before my time slot was over, so my time with Mary Beth was short and very sweet. We did a lot of celebrating!
Mary Beth had taken a gooey, cheesy scoop of Buffalo Chicken Dip on camera and declared it good enough to eat as soup. Then she tasted the Holiday Cherry Cobbler. Her face got so blissful that I wondered if she’d remember that she was on television selling books.
But of course she knew what she was doing, and within minutes, with her expert hosting, all copies had been ordered by the QVC audience.
In fact, it all happened so fast that Mary Beth and I never had a chance to talk about one special feature in the Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook that I absolutely love—the special Tips for Celebrating Christmas which sit right alongside the recipes in this treasure of a book.
These tips come from our recipe contributors—who actually do these wonderful Christmas-y practices.
Here are two of my favorites (there are tons more) that are quietly full of the Christmas spirit:
● “When guests visit I provide a set of slippers for each one to keep their feet toasty and more comfortable. I invite them to take them along when they leave.”
● “We call the local assisted-living facility and ask for names and a list of gift ideas for 3 people who live in the facility but who don’t usually get visitors at Christmas-time. Then on Christmas Day, our family delivers the gifts and visits with each person. Our kids are learning that Christmas is not all about them.”
What special Christmas traditions do you keep? We’d love to hear and be inspired!