T'is the season to be jolly, and exhausted, and frantic, and running around like a chicken with no head. I know it sounds "grinchy" but hear me out. I love Christmas. The crowded stores, not so much, but the holiday season itself warms my heart.
Normally, by the time the new year has rolled around, I find myself exhausted, spent, broke, and longing for a "normal" routine. For many years, my time off prior to and during Christmas would be a flurry of baking, wrapping, shopping, decorating, phone calls, driving, etc. etc. etc.
This year though, I decided to do things a little differently. I put in the least amount of effort and Christmas still came and went and the world did not come to an end.
The evening of the 24th was spent with my son and my mom. Our meal was modest. She cooked a ham that was honestly the best I've ever tasted, and I made my now perfected tourtiere. Throw some cranberry, vegetables and freshly baked crescent rolls and we had more than enough on our plates. We didn't even miss not having turkey. That is one labor intensive bird and I was having none of it!
After dinner, we went for a walk. It was a lovely evening, the air was fresh and crisp and we looked at all the pretty lights decorating people's homes. When we returned, we exchanged our gifts and chatted while an old school holiday movie was playing on tv. It was quiet, it was perfect, it was maybe one of the better Christmas' I've had in a long while. The old saying "less is more" really rang true this year.
So, in closing, whether you spent the holidays surrounded by many, or in a smaller setting, or even solo, I hope that you found peace in your hearts and joy in all that you have done and wish you the very best for the upcoming new year.
Hi! I'm Chris, an empty nester living in Montreal and making the most of this stage in my life. I love cooking for friends and family, DIY projects, decorating and writing.