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?