With yet another holiday, Valentine’s Day, approaching, let’s reflect on what we can learn from our mistakes. We’re not through with Christmas yet. Oh, no.
The Christmas Card Dilemma
Did you conscientiously purchase, address, and stamp all your cards before Thanksgiving? And then mail them the day after Thanksgiving? Quel boo boo! And then, did you, Ms. Early Bird, suffer great anguish upon receipt of cards from people to whom you had not sent one?
No, no, no, mon amie! You collect all the cards you receive from others, and on the day before Christmas Eve you sit down and send cards to those people. What the post office does with them after that is totally out of your control, and it doesn’t matter—your cards will be postmarked December 23. Added bonus: This custom, practiced over time, has a way of rendering the whole holiday card thing obsolete.
Now, I, personally, have lovely vegan friends who when invited to dinner at my home say to me, “Oh, Cathy, don’t worry about me. I’ve eaten enough this year—I’ll just watch.” But you may not be as fortunate. Suggest to your vegan friends that they come bearing some of those things that they eat, and they can hold a vegan sub-party at the end of the table. As the hostess you will supply the entrée, that item at the top of the vegan food pyramid: wine.
If you’ve been reading my blog consistently (one out of twelve months will bring you up to speed on this topic), you know that my omnivore guests are just grateful that I serve food. They know it came from Costco. It’s good.
In some families, gifts, unless personally crafted, become legal tender on December 26. MyHusbandTheEngineer is still trying to exchange the ShamWow he received several years ago. Remember that when wracking your brain for the perfect gift. But choose something that shows you care, that you had the recipient in mind when you selected it. Nose clippers, for instance.
Honestly, are not the Christmas holidays when you get together with the people you’ve been avoiding all year? And others. Have them over all at once—a veritable Fourth of July with fireworks—and knock that holiday out, too. Or you can spread the get-togethers out over one very lonnnnng month. Just remember Whose birthday it is, and He’s watching. Hopefully, no one will miss you if you’re busy in the garage.
So, there you have it—a blueprint for the coming holidays.