The toll of the holidays

December 27, 2011

First, the good news.  All is well.

Now for the bittersweet holiday banter.

I’m exhausted.  The kids can’t remember what they opened 2 days ago and my holiday cards which were guaranteed to arrive before the 23rd, are still not in my possession. (Who calls their company ‘overnight prints’ and then doesn’t deliver on time?)

I have added several pounds to my frame and the house is in an unruly, chaotic state that more than likely will not get attention until January 1st.

The Christmas tree lights went out for no reason last night and fixing them seems a daunting and messy task so the tree will likely be taken down early which makes sense being that we purchased it two weeks late.

Hark, I hear children fighting over toys.

Please do not misunderstand my rant.  I love the nostalgia of holiday cheer.   It is with great pleasure that I cook, bake, wrap and celebrate.  I am fortunate in every way and the notion of gratitude is not wasted in my life.  Sometimes, my simple wish is for it to be a little less stressful.

My sister took a pass this year and rode off into the Caribbean sunset with her family to chill by the pool for the holiday season.  She ordered a cabana and Indian food for Christmas dinner.  I was sure she would miss home, but when we spoke, I had to come to terms with my misunderstanding of the situation and admit she was relaxing outside the realms of American lifestyle.  Is she on to something?

Well, I’m home with the scent of (unlit) pine filling my home and feeling the blessings of my life.  The toll of the holidays has passed and the refreshing new year is fast approaching.  There is much to be thankful for and to that end, the rant stops here.

I wish all of you the most joyful moments and a Happy 2012!

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Renee Fontes December 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

That is the most darling picture collection, what a fine family!
I had a very difficult fall and winter this year emotionally and decided to go gentle on myself. Instead of putting up the usual lights, garlands and multiple trees, I gave them to the Goodwill.
Instead I ended a decade long feud with my mother in law and we spent the first Christmas together in 11 years. Ditching the harsh time line and doing something more meaningful, more lasting, was the gift I gave myself.

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Melissa December 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Renee,
It sounds like the spirit of the holidays consumed you. Much respect for your family reunion. Our relationships are the only true measure of a life well spent.

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LiztheChef December 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Sorry, but I envy you your busy, active and young family. Most of our aging family are gone, so it is a little too tidy and quiet around here…Wish I could help fix the Christmas tree and make your holiday a bit more peaceful. Let’s focus on the new year approaching, shall we?

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Melissa December 28, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Liz,
I’m counting my everyday blessings! On to 2012…

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