No one has brought the holidays up in my family yet. If I feel as well as I do now I will have Thanksgiving dinner here. We do have two children in the family that are problems but everyone will be keeping an eye on them but their mother. I will block off rooms in the house I do not want anyone in. I did that last year with the excuse I didn't want the grandpuppy in the living room marking everything with his urine and it worked. His parents know he has done that so it is a legimate reason to keep pets and kids out of all rooms with carpet. That cuts down on my stress cause they will only be in kitchen/dining room and family room.
My DH is a sweetheart and a good cook so I never have to do everything myself. Plus one of my sisters will bring half the meal with her. She loves to cook but doesn't have room in her house for everyone so she always brings too much. I never worry about not having enough food cause everyone will bring something.
Everyone will help clean up afterwards so it's not that bad. Last year the dishwasher wouldn't work which was horrible.
Christmas will be the weekend before or the weekend after which ever works for everyone. It will be for the boys and their families only. If I get some goodies made fine and if I don't I will buy them. Santa aka Grandpa will come and we will order pizza. That day is all about my grandchildren and you won't find me in the kitchen.
Last year I made rice crispy treats with peanuts in them and they were a bigger hit than anything else. Oh and I made rocky road candy, you melt Hershey candy bars in the microwave put in miniature marshmallows and walnuts pour it in a pan to cool. I keep it simple and enjoy the day. When the grandchildren grow up they aren't going to remember what they ate at Grandma and Grandpa's on Christmas but I bet they will remember that Santa came every year when they were little and even after they figured out it was really Grandpa but went along with it cause they enjoyed it so much as some already do.
They may remember the wacky grandmother that had pizza for Christmas.
Enjoy the little ones Jeannie they do grow up so fast. I think having grandchildren from 22 (who is no longer with us) down to 5 has shown me just how fast they do grow up and how fast they can be taken from us. This is coming from a former perfectionist that use to worry about the mess and stains.
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