holiday

Goals, Process

Holiday Schmoliday...And Yet...Happy 2016!

My husband and I have been trying to find our happy place with regard to the holiday season, and it has been a bit of a struggle.

His family seems to under-celebrate, while my family shifts into over-the-top mode.  I've seen him look physically pained during the chaos of my family's present-unwrapping free-for-all, while I have been nearly apoplectic at the idea that there is no Christmas Eve champagne-and-appetizer tradition on his side of the aisle.

I agree with him that financial hardship is no way to start the new year, and I am bad at moderation, so I vowed this year I would try harder.  Instead of too many expensive presents, and fancy holiday cards, I tried to focus on the helpful and handmade.  I did have a little bit of success, in the form of homemade cookies to share, and special but inexpensive gifts for my parents, but even so, the holiday sparkle I sought remained elusive.