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Holiday Words to Remember

Posted by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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My in-laws arrive in a week for the "first round" of holidays. We kind of lucky this year that Hanukkah lands right when we're also celebrating Thanksgiving -- killing two birds with one holiday stone (no pun intended for the turkey gobbling we'll be partaking in for our celebratory Thursday dinner).

I love my in-laws and get along with them amazingly well...but like everyone knows, family gatherings fall into that category of ying-yang-ness: there are some awesome parts, and some parts that we struggle with...you can't have one without the other. Often what make the struggling part even more of a struggle? My own stress and anxiety.

Through the holiday season, I'm attempting this year to keep my stress level in check. First up: I'm turning to some wise words, funny words, inspiring words from others about this time of year and families.

People who hardly ever cook at all, suddenly at the holidays, feel like it's their responsibility to not only cook dinner for large groups of people suddenly, but to serve things that are fussy or fancy or formal. And I don't think that's what anybody really wants, especially if you're not good at it. -- Ted Allen

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. -- Garrison Keillor

The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart; The secret anniversaries of the heart. --  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. -- Lenore Hershey

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. -- Andy Rooney 

You need to learn how to love imperfect people. Because if you succeed at loving imperfect people, then it becomes plausible that somebody could love imperfect you. -- Bishop T.D. Jakes

Are you ready for the stress of the holidays?

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by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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johnny4ever
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Bring it on!

lillucky8
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Im ready, thanksgiving isnt a stress at all, i love cooking and make a thanksgiving like meal several times a year so its just a time we all have the day off and can enjoy time together. Christmas is busy because we go to several houses to visit but the kids have fun, i shop year round so we dont go into debt this time of year. I try not to stress the holidays, its a time of family and friends ad being thankful for what we have.
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TigerofMu
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Those are good! :)  I think that I'm ready. 

goddess99
by Bronze Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I'm ready, but they are not stressful for me.

othermom
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Yes I am ready, we don't have a huge group of people to cook for and look forward to visiting family

elasmimi
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

amen!

Quoting johnny4ever:

Bring it on!


elasmimi
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Love the Andy Rooney quote. Really miss him.

lalasmama2007
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Yep!  I'm looking forward to it.

othermom
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

We love to give books to the kids

arpazia
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Those are nice:) I like the Andy Rooney one the most.
I'm not stressed. Hardly ever am, what good will it do me?
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