Thursday, December 16, 2010

What Kind of Diva Are You?

By Krista Davis

Christmas is nearly here, barely a week away! It’s every domestic diva’s favorite time of year. I always say that each of us has a little bit of domestic diva in us.

What kind of diva are you?

1. You mailed your Christmas cards
A. The day after Thanksgiving.
B. This week.
C. Mailed? E-greetings are nice and you don’t have to send them until Christmas Day.

2. When you trim your tree, you
A. You lay out all the decorations on the dining room table so they’ll coordinate perfectly when you hang them on the tree. You always have more than one tree, and each one has its own theme.
B. Make hot chocolate, put on a Christmas CD, and have fun decorating with the kids.

C. Pay neighborhood kids to put it up and hang ornaments. It always looks like Charlie Brown’s tree anyway.

3. Good news! Your in-laws are coming! You
A. Set up a special tree in the guest room and decorate it with gingerbread cookies the kids made just for Nana and Papa.
B. Nestle candles in fresh pine and berries on the dresser and add some Christmas pillows to the bed and chairs.
C. Seriously consider booking a cruise and leaving a note on the door. You relent and get them a hotel room.

4. It’s December 16th. You’re supposed to go to a cookie swap tonight.

A. No problem. You baked a dozen different kinds of cookies and they’re ready to go in adorable cookie bags on which you hand-painted glittery snowmen.
B. You baked five batches of cookies, one a week for the last five weeks. Three batches have been consumed. You’ll take the other two batches and bake more this weekend.
C. No one said they had to be home baked. You buy them at a bakery and bring them in a Rubbermaid container so it will look like you made them.

5. It’s the last day of school before Christmas break. You
A. Bring homemade cupcakes decorated with snowflakes and Christmas trees for your child’s entire class, and a lacy shawl that you crocheted for the teacher.
B. Bring a platter of Christmas cookies for the class and fudge for the teacher.
C. Stop by your favorite cafe for a latte and a cookie with your child on the way home from the pageant. Teacher? Whoops!

6. Your holiday decorating
A. Was finished by the last day of Thanksgiving weekend.
B. Is almost done, but the little snow village with lights isn’t quite finished yet.
C. Consists of a wreath for the front door and antlers for your cat -- if you could only remember where you put them . . .

7. Christmas dinner will be
A. Standing rib roast with horseradish. Twice baked potatoes with white truffles and porcini. Peppermint chocolate cheesecake flambé for dessert.
B. Roast turkey, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, three kinds of stuffing, cranberries, and a Yule Log for dessert.
C. In a Chinese restaurant with fortune cookies for dessert.

If you have picked mostly A, you are a Natasha. This is your season to shine! You love crafts. There’s nothing too difficult or time-consuming to tackle. You always have the best decorated house in the neighborhood, and you deliver baskets of your famous Christmas morning croissants to all your neighbors every year.

If you have chosen mostly B, you are a Sophie. You love Christmas, but you also like to take the time to smell the cinnamon and nutmeg. Your kitchen is decorated for the season -- a good thing since family and friends like to hang out there.

If you have selected mostly C, you are a Nina Reid Norwood, an anti-diva. You’d really rather go on that cruise and let someone else do all the work. No cooking, no dishes, no decorating or (ugh) putting everything away again. But your inner domestic diva slips out and shows around the holidays. You want everyone to have a good time, and you love to eat, so you might just be caught making hot chocolate and a Christmas morning casserole.

No matter what kind of domestic diva you are, Merry Christmas! Remember to relax and savor the special moments.
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Read more about Natasha, Sophie, and Nina Reid Norwood in the Domestic Diva Mysteries. The first in the series, THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME, was nominated for an Agatha award. The most recent release, THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE has a holiday theme. Visit Krista at her website and Mystery Lover’s Kitchen where she blogs with other culinary mystery authors.