Last year I blogged a bit about my usual holiday madness. I am pleased to say that this year it doesn't seem so crazy and overwhelming. Part of it might be that we put out the disclaimer that we cannot buy gifts this year. Between the wedding and the honeymoon and everything else going on next eyar, we don't have a penny to spare. Not having to figure out gifts and find time to shop takes a lot of stress out of the season.
I am hosting my mom's family Christmas this Saturday. Since we moved in two days before Christmas last year, we didn't have anything at our house. This year is my first time hosting this particular event. Not too bad since we order the ham and everyone brings a side dish. All I have to do is clean before and after and coordinate with everyone. Also, we do a name drawing gift exchange so I only have to buy for one person. Makes life so much easier. I got my uncle's name and thanks to an idea from my SIL, I am really excited about his gift. With a $25 max limit, it makes it hard to get something meaningful and non-gift card-ish, but this one is pretty cool.
Another thing making this year's holiday season easier for me is having Christmas Eve off. I don't have to use any PTO or figure out how I am going to make it to two places in one day. I might plan a little better and only stay at my Aunt's house until a certain time and then head over to my dad's so we don't get home so late this year.
Christmas Day aka my birthday is never really too tough. Brunch and then dinner. JB mentioned having his family over again like we did for Turkey Day, but if that's the case, he is going to take care of everything because I am not doing a bunch of work on my birthday. LOL!
I have managed to make it to most of the holiday parties I have been invited to this year except the Fellas Family and my brother's, but it's not the end of the world. Instead of stressing to fugure it all out, I have just kind of surrendered to the idea that there is only one of me and I can only do so much. It is what it is.