12/23/2010

For All the Holiday Obsessed

There is a hilarious article in the New York Times Home Section regarding the holidays and those obsessed with cooking, cleaning and decorating.  They feature various individuals discussing their obsessions.  I think I found a little bit of myself in Bob Richter’s decorating the tree and bulb placement.  I have secretly obsessed over where certain ornaments will go and do have specific ones that only I can put on the tree.  I know, I know…crazy right?  What caught my attention was Mary McDonald on the front page.  She was displaying her candy table.  Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out as a blogger who to enlarge my pictures without cutting them off…so be sure to click over to the link above or pick up a copy of today’s NY Times. Oh how she decorated this table.  Look at the licorice with the marshmallows in the middle coming out of the silver urn, the candy canes, and all the colorful candle in various displays…it makes you feel like you are with Santa’s little elves in the North Pole or Candy Land.  Can you imagine kids eating this candy?  Can you say…OMG…sugar high for days!  Or adults, as she says with sugar and red wine….? She even jokes about when people start to eat how it messes up the display.  Trust me, been there done that. 

I think anyone that loves design, entertaining, or cooking will  secretly find a little bit of themselves in one of these people.  I had to say I was cracking up.  Are you OCD during the holidays?  You have to read the article…the lady that covers her stove and counter with tin foil made me laugh.  Why?   Because two years in a row, I was baking pies and I covered my kitchen counters (tiled) with saran wrap prior to making my pie crust.  Why? Because I hated cleaning the flour out of the grout after and it took forever. This way…I simply peeled the saran off the counter and presto magic, I had clean counters.  I know, I’m a freak.  What can I say? But it worked.  Do you have any secret obsessions during the holidays?  I’d love to hear them. 

 

Photo Credit:  Kevin Scanlon For NY Times

Hope your compulsive, OCD, crazy selves are enjoying the holidays and you relax just a little bit.  For those of your that aren’t, I applaud you!

7 comments:

goodniteirene.wordpress.com said...

love! love! love this! i have ocd FOR my ocd.
i've already made my soup three times to see how it will taste in different stages of "stewing": is it better made two days ahead? three days ahead? day of?....etc..

mania i tell you.

please please please come see me in newport any time. i've lurked around your blog and seen how effing cute your house is. i have major house envy. i love my house. but it's spare. i'm so afraid to "decorate". when i was building it i just made everything white! white! white!. i love it, but hunky hubby (house was built pre-relationship) now wants a little more style.
hopefully you can give me some tips.
merry christmas!
love,
katie

Designs By Pinky said...

I don't see a link to be able to enlarge the picture and I WANT TO:):) I ahve to see that table better!!!! I have certain ornaments that have to be in the right place too, I place objects in the RIGHT place, I decorate the BATHROOMS for cryin out loud:):) Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Peggy and Fritz said...

Pinky - if you click on the beginning of my post where it says New York Times it will connect you to the post. I tried to find your email to send you the link. Of course, because I'm a blog idiot - I can't find the comments one where it has everyone put in their email. I'm clueless. I have the NY Times...I'm happy to send it to you :)

Katie,
I already emailed you. Your so dam funny!

Karen said...

Ann,
LOL! Guilty, as charged. OCD has plagued me all of my adult life but I've learned (partly from being married and partly from raising boys) to be less obvious about my little quirks...unless my compulsive cleaning and organizing before 9:00 a.m. on a day when we plan to entertain that evening counts! :-) Yep, ornaments have a set place on my tree---but truly I believe my decorations are anything but "perfect".
I'm with you, if you care about the way things look and overall design you are usually detail oriented and a little obsessive about your surroundings. I'm just happy to know there are others out there that understand.
Karen

Karena said...

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I Always want to do more & more!

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Joyeaux Noel!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Love the candy table! Would love it more if it were all chocolate!

I'm not too obsessive over the holidays. But I do have to have the sugar cookie icing just right like when I was a kid.

red- peppermint extract
green- almond extract
white - vanilla

Loretta

Sharon said...

Ok, I might have a slight OCD, when it comes to my Christmas tree haha. The candy table looks delish.

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