|Our tree as decorated by|
Shey, Ava, Lizzy &
Vanessa last night
So they went to the Sundae House and had a great time. Next year Sheyanne will ask to go there. She can't help it. She loves the rituals.
I would go beyond like to say I need a Christmas card photo of my kids every year. I don't know why--just to broadcast that we'd all made it through another year? Pride? Love? It doesn't matter, it has to happen.
I worked with a great guy named Kevin for many years, and his equally wonderful wife Marge made Christmas cookies and (for St. Patrick's Day) Irish soda bread that he distributed throughout our hospital. One year the holidays came and went without either. He said it wasn't fun for her anymore. So many people had come to rely on, ask about and expect her to spend hours baking that it had become a chore. Good for her. A year or two later they came back, having recovered their charm for Marge. Good for us.
So happy holidays, enjoy the month, have fun at your rituals, try something new (to find a new favorite) and if you need help wriggling out of a straitjacket let me know--raising kids for twenty-five years has made me very skilled at saying no.