Almost makes me want to hide under the covers until after New Year's...
This is also the time of year where the tome Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter by Elaine St. James would really in handy. Come to think of it, I have a copy of this book somewhere in my house. Maybe it's time for a refresher course!
Now my personal favorite holiday by far is Thanksgiving. And I get to celebrate it in a very low-key fashion, with just my husband and our furry kids. It used to be the holiday we spent with my family, but since my parents passed away and my sibling have scattered, it's just me and the hubs now.
Truth be told, I don't mind. We can eat what we want, when we want and don't have to get all dressed up (or out of our pajamas) to do it.
I know this kind of holiday isn't possible for some of you because of family obligations. Or maybe it is and you just haven't considered this option yet. After all, you can see the family on Christmas instead, right? That's what me and the hubby do.
Either way, it's time to break out the OMA&P! Special Event form and create your plan of tackling Thursday's holiday TODAY if you haven't already. You may decide to:
- Spread the cooking out over several days.
- Delegate some tasks to others.
- Ask guests to bring a food dish with them and have a potluck instead.
- Purchase a heat-and-eat meal from a local restaurant, grocery store or gourmet food shop.
- Go out to eat instead (and with this current economy, there are probably reservations still to be had.)
You are a brave soul if you decide to participate in all the Black Friday shopping madness. Although, since many stores will be open Thanksgiving Day, does that make it Black Thursday instead? I'm doing my shopping online, as usual, because I just won't have the energy to deal with crowds and chaos.
Which brings me back to that book on simplifying your life...
So are you getting a head start on the holidays? What do you do to make this season less hectic and more enjoyable? Please share the secrets to your holiday success here or over on the Oh My Aches and Pains! Facebook page.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my chronic friends, wherever you live.