Archive for December, 2015

Wrapping, Wrapping, Wrapping

Monday, December 21st, 2015

gift wrapI spent this past weekend hanging out at home. My husband has been hit hard with a cold/cough/sinus illness that has left him tired. So, we spent a good amount of time watching Christmas movies, reading, and generally lounging. My one goal was to wrap all of our Christmas presents. On Sunday afternoon we assembled wrapping supplies, put on some Christmas music, and started to wrap. However, after wrapping just a few, I decided to call it quits.

I’m not sure why, but I felt uninspired, that I simply was trying to rush through the job. I’m not one whose packages look like works of art, but yesterday I simply felt like it was an item to be checked off. So, we left most of the presents unwrapped. Thankfully for us we have extra time, as we won’t celebrate Christmas until December 29th. Maybe knowing that we had over a week had me feeling less than joyous.

This morning as I reviewed my to-do list, I realized that this would be my final Editorially Yours column for 2015. With PeKu on vacation next week I more than likely won’t post an editorial column. I definitely will have other PeKu tasks, but this column won’t be one of them. So, today’s column should be a wrap-up. However, just like my presents, I don’t feel much like wrapping up 2015.

It’s been a year of challenges and changes at PeKu. We have made a number of reductions throughout the year, but at the same time we have refined our voice. Yes, PeKu may be smaller, but we are using that to our advantage. Maybe the term for what we have done should be stream-lined.

Although I’m proud of the voice and direction we’ve found, I also feel the loss of team and publications. It’s a bittersweet sensation. However, I am an optimist, and so, I look forward to 2016, seeing what is next for PeKu.

I wish all of you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you in 2016!

What’s Exciting in December

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Our mascot, Peku, shares what she’s looking forward to during the month of December.

Twinkling Lights, Homemade Treats, & Some Time Off

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

holiday lightsWe are a full week into December, and the holidays are in full swing, even at PeKu. Last week on Think Tasty and Holidays Helper, we highlighted Hanukkah with an assortment of craft projects, book suggestions, and delicious recipes. Next week we will be focusing on Christmas on both of those sites. Plus, at Your Parenting Info we will have great advice for handling the holidays with children of all ages. Whether your child is 16 months or 16 years, one needs to think about balancing holidays and the rest of their everyday lives.

With all of this holiday coverage, our publications are practically shimmering with festive ideas. Even if you don’t have a need for a craft or food recipe, we have other holidays articles available. Go Shopping Info is dedicating the entire month to the holidays. Need some advice on an antique bronze bathroom faucet? We’ve got suggestions.

I have been surrounded by this seasonal spirit for several months while working on the editorial calendar. Thinking about all of the festivities and fun, I made a decision to do something different this year. The entire PeKu team will be taking time off at the end of the month. Rather than having assignments due the day after Christmas or having my editor work during that time, it seemed fitting to give the team time to enjoy some time with their friends and family. So, we’ll spend the first weeks of December helping our readers prepare for the holidays, and then we’ll take the last week to relax and enjoy.

December is notorious for being an overwhelming month. Here’s to hoping that you, too, find time to enjoy the beauty of the month!

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