As long as I can remember, I’ve been one of those people who get depressed at the holidays. Not sure why. Partly, holidays are extra busy for the bakery/cake shop business…all of those Christmas cookies! So, extra busy at work, getting tired and not enough rest, worrying about money and presents to buy, living with a semi-Scrooge who wants to say ‘Bah Humbug’ every year…take your pick. And perhaps, losing a younger sister in December one year. Add to that, the rest of the family decides they are coming to my house for Thanksgiving dinner and for Christmas dinner!
But I’ve made progress this year! I started stewing and worrying, and then decided the heck with it! The house wasn’t perfect, but the toilet was clean! I cooked the turkey and gravy, fixed stovetop stuffing, and they brought the rest! We put a long table in my small living room, and 8 of us gathered around it and had a great time! Mom, sister and niece, brother, daughter, neighbor, hubby and I all ate our fill and had a nice relaxing visit. After all…it’s the fellowship that’s important, not if the house is immaculate! Both holiday dinners were great and quite enjoyable and stress-free. It’s taken me 60 years, but perhaps I’m getting the hang of things! Life is too short to live in stress!