During the holidays, I read a lot about how some folks get really stressed out. There are a lot of attempts made at false cheer just for the sake of having “the holiday spirit,” and there’s of course also a lot of depression caused by the gross over-marketing of the festivities.
I got out of that kind of celebration, and this year, I expect to have the most low-key holiday ever. Luche’s family will be coming to visit us, and we’re going out to dinner at the Platz. I’ve got a gift for my sister-in-law. But this was a pair of ear muffs that she’d been wanting after she saw mine, and I finally lucked out and found the vendor downtown again this weekend. I didn’t ask for anything, but I’m sure there’s a shirt or two for me. Luche’s mom uses every visit as an excuse to bring small gifts, so this will be par for the course.
We’ll share some food and celebrate each other’s company, and all of the rest of the holiday trappings are going to be missing. We don’t have a tree up, or decorative lights, and we don’t need them. For us, all we need are good food, good conversation, and maybe a little bit of yuletide cuddling. (Well, between me and hubby anyway. Mili might object to enthusiastic cuddling.)
If the holiday season starts to drive you nuts, and your family is getting on your nerves, just give yourself some space and think: you could be alone, cold, and without friends or family. You could be in much worse places than listening to your crazy uncle, or to your cranky in-laws.
And if that doesn’t help you to smile, have you tried imagining putting them all in a giant blender on puree? That works for me every time.