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Change is Good

In the past, I’ve been a bit of a scrooge about Christmas. Not that I have anything against celebrating the birth of Christ. It’s just the traditions of the holiday had lost their luster for a few years. Mostly because of the S.A.D. thing, and Christmas coming nearly on the shortest day of the year. Shopping in the dark, or simply driving in the dark filled me with dread. Adding all the shopping, wrapping, decorating, and baking into what felt like an already full schedule¬† made me tired just contemplating it.
The last few years have brought a reprieve. With grown children juggling family expectations, Christmas at our house has moved to an earlier date. The internet has made shopping fun again- just sit in your p.j.’s and click a button and, shazam! a few days later, packages arrive. I am the queen of how to make cooking quicker and easier, and the aforementioned grown children are more than capable of helping. My predilection for healthy eating has removed some of the expectation of cookies, and what I still bake, I do so when I feel like it and freeze it.
I don’t know who first planted the idea in my head that traditions are not carved in stone, but I thank whoever that was. Doing what makes you happy will make for happier family gatherings. If you have children, you are establishing the traditions in their minds, do so with your comfort in mind. If your children are grown, if they have really high expectations, make them responsible for those expectations.

Christmas tree with packages

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