I love the holidays even when I am battling hard depression. I tend to become more depressed during the holidays and there are alot of people that do this. But, depression or not I am going to enjoy the holidays and I would not for one moment try to bring anyone else down just because I may be off a little. One thing I cannot stand or would ever consider is using my health issues to bring others down during the holidays. I know people do this all the time, its unfair to the others and all they are doing is trying to draw attention to themselves.
My daughter-in-law and her mom & I get together and have our bake off days, lol. We make candy one day,
cookies another and breads on another. By helping each other out it makes the job easier plus the clean up and we get to visit while having fun.
cookie baking day is awesome, we make so many, we ice & decorate some sugar
cookies and use colored sugar on others. We always have help from the 6 yr old grandson too.
We make a menu out and each brings dishes. We do smoked brisket & a spiral ham for Christmas dinner, all easy to make. Our side dishes are easy as well so no one is standing in the kitchen for hours cooking. We want to enjoy the day playing games and watching old Christmas movies and playing with the 6 yr old.
I still decorate the house some and put up a tree. I do not decorate inside anything like I use to and thats ok, its still pretty and much easier to deal with. Outside I put net lights up in the bushes and outline the flower bed in lights. I have some wreaths I hang in the windows that light up and I call it done. No more outlining the house and the yard & druve in lights, lol.
Shopping for the adults is kept simple-I remind them no stress allowed shopping and trying to buy tons of stuff for the others. Its too expensive, I always ask for a current family picture of each of my kids and I am very happy with that as a gift.
There are many ways to enjoy the holidays without killing ourselves, its a matter of whether the person really wants to participate or not. Just being with family and friends is always great. I hope everyone has a great holiday.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 12/4/2011 3:59:40 PM (GMT-7)