As the big day approaches quickly, it's important to slow down and enjoy the Christmas season.

You can put the baking, wrapping, and preparing aside for one night, can't you?

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This was the week when I started to feel "holiday stress."

These questions are universal to everyone in New Jersey.

Who else do I have to buy for? There's someone I forgot.

Where will I be be Christmas Eve?


Where will I be on Christmas Day?

Is it too late to start writing Christmas cards?

Are 400 sugar cookies going to last through the holidays?

The list goes on and on.

We fall into the same trap every year. We are too busy running around to stop and enjoy a magical time of year.


Let's you and I agree to slow it down this Christmas, even if it's just for one night. Deal?

I even have plans for you.

Lifestyle site 24/7 Tempo went state-by-state searching for the best "Christmas restaurant."

Here's how the site crunched the numbers. 24/7 Tempo said they:

reviewed listings on the reservation sites Open TableResy, and Tock, as well as numerous restaurant sites and sites with local and regional listings.

Cape May is arguably New Jersey's prettiest Christmas town, so naturally the state's best Christmas restaurant would be located in this awe-inspiring Shore town.

That is a candy cane martini. That alone is worth the visit to Blue Pig Tavern in Cape May.

This eatery located inside Congress Hall is an excellent stop any time of year. It's extra charming during the holidays.

Here's what 24/7 Tempo had to say:

Set inside a charming 19th-century hotel, this tavern will be hosting a classic Christmas Day dinner buffet in the expansive ballroom featuring ham, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and dessert.

Did you notice what it said on the fireplace? "Hospitality since 1816." Wow.

Is there any better way to wrap up a day of shopping and admiring the Victorian homes all decorated for Christmas then a warm meal at Blue Pig?

I don't think so.

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Gallery Credit: Matt Ryan

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