Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas Is Almost Here

It’s me again Margaret.  Sorry it’s been so long.  It has been a really busy year, and I feel like I did not have anything new to say.  I know, some people will not believe that I did not have anything to say.  I can’t believe that the year is almost over.  With the end of the year comes all the holidays and STRESS. 

We are four weeks from Thanksgiving, eight weeks from Christmas, and nine weeks from next year.  Time sure flies when you are having fun.  Looking at all three holidays together can be overwhelming; however, if you take them one at a time it’s not so bad.

Let’s start with Thanksgiving.  First of all, the food ain’t gonna cook itself.  If you are hosting a meal, don’t try to do everything yourself.  Better yet, get somebody else to host.  Offer to cook the main dish, but make somebody else deal with everything else.  If you get stuck as host, require others to bring side dishes.  Start the prep; cleaning house, buying food, and set up; early.  Also, plan the meal earlier in the day.  If you stop paying your cable/satellite bill now, they will probably cut you off before Thanksgiving.  This will ensure most people will leave very soon after the meal.  For those who choose to stay, put them to work with the cleanup.  If your loved one starts to push and do too much, I recommend you have a large roll of duct tape and a sturdy chair handy.  Make sure the chair fits under the table so they can eat and enjoy the company.

Christmas stress is Thanksgiving stress on steroids.  Not only do you have a big meal to prepare, you have to decorate, buy gifts, wrap them, and make all kinds of junk food.  See above on how to deal with the meal.  With the decorations, get an early start.  Who cares if your artificial tree goes up the week after the Fourth of July? Pace yourself.  The sooner you start, the longer you have to finish. Same is to be said for taking the decorations down.  As long as they are down by Easter, don’t worry, be happy.  As for the gifts, start shopping as soon as you see something on your list.  If you are not given a list of what family members want, send Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, or Franklin to visit.

Finally, comes New Year’s.  No stress here.  If you drink enough, you won’t care.  Actually, it is a time to reflect and look forward.  Try to remember only the good.  Look forward and pray for a better year.

With a little planning, the holidays can be a great time.  Start now.  Enjoy the time with friends and family.  God Bless.