and the holidays will be essentially over. I don't know why people get so stressed out. I mean, I've put away my high expectations, the ones I had as a younger person - soft lights, chestnuts roasting, tinseled packages holding all my most cherished dreams... and now I just try to navigate through the holidays with as little personal damage as possible.
I'll clean the house so the family doesn't call the hoarder police, put up some lights so the neighbors can enjoy them, try and make healthy foods so my blood sugar doesn't skyrocket... the simple things, really. And , of course, empty my bank account to provide glorious excess for my children & grandchildren.
Not to mention the food banks, the ASPCA, the Humane Society, ... Click on the Animal Rescue Site button to provide food for animals, and then click on each tab for all the other good causes. Volunteer some time in your community too- And keep at it even after the holidays are over.