“The Children Were Nestled All Snug in Their Beds”… November 29 2015

“The Children Were Nestled All Snug in Their Beds”…

Who can resist reading the nearly 200 year-old classic poem Twas the Night Before Christmas this time of year?  In fact, we’ve devoured the book so many times in this house that we recite the lines by heart, all in anticipation of the magic that happens during the Christmas season.  

There’s nothing quite like American tradition and spirit from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.  In this part of the country, the holidays are decorated and celebrated promptly.  What’s highlighted for us is the frequent guests in and out, toasting to good friends and close-knit family, gift giving, merriment and lots of parties and gatherings.

No doubt, it takes energy, and lots of it, to get from Halloween to New Year’s Day.  From the endless list-making for groceries, gifts and doo-dads to the food prep, table setting, wrapping, stowing and sending.  What we tend to forget is the exhaustion that overcomes everyone from the most feeble-- babies and seniors--to the robust--- kids and parents.

This past Thanksgiving Weekend goes down in the history books as one of my very favorites.  I chose to reclaim my energy resources.  No out-of-town dash to see a parade, no run for the pies, no extra weekend parties, just time with our girls.  That meant walks, talks, movies, football games and sleep.  Yes, we all did it, teens and adults alike.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone but….we all slept more and better than we ever have during these last 5 days’ break.  And there’s nothing quite like the feeling of being rested and revived for the whirl of the last 31 days of 2015.

“While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads…”