Martha Magic

Confession: I have 37+ rolls of wrapping paper hidden away under my bed. Who’s to blame? Martha Stewart.

When Sinterklaas arrives in Holland, I get almost as excited as my four-year-old nephew. Not because I still have any hope for presents from the guy, but because it means it’ll be Christmas soon. And Christmas means one thing: Martha Stewart Living’s Christmas issue.

I know, I know, anticipating magazine issues is usually reserved for those interested in swimming apparel, but Martha never fails me. Have you ever come across someone bouncing in the magazine section on Thanksgiving? That’d be me, then.

The key to appreciating Martha is understanding one very important thing: Martha you guys, is srs bsns. Creating the right centerpiece for your casual holiday get together? Serious business. Avoiding last minute Christmas card embarrassment? Serious business. Martha Stewart Living is kind of like those morning workout programmes on TV that are best enjoyed from the couch. While she does have some really good ideas at times, she tends to go overboard just as often.

When I hear people grumble about the holidays, it’s usually because of the pressure to buy, buy, buy the perfect present for everyone. In that case: Martha is your new best friend. She encourages you to make your own presents and her gift ideas are more sophisticated than you’d think.

All joking aside: there’s one thing that I just love about Martha’s mindset. Her quest for perfection can be a bit intimidating, but really, her magazine is all about making the best of what you have, of making everyday things just a little better and showing the people around you you appreciate them. It’s all about the personal touch.

With that in mind, work some of that Martha Magic into your Christmas presents this year by spending some extra time on your giftwrap. I’m not saying you need 37+ rolls in a hideaway container, but get yourself some nice paper, ribbon and (my top tip!) double-sided tape and you’re good to go.

Merry Christmas!
PS: Don’t forget the fresh mistletoe, Martha buys hers on December 22nd.

Vanina Röling is the owner of film blog Sound Turned Low and the gorgeous, soon to be resurrected Bright Red Cardigans Over Printed Dresses.

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