This year, I discovered the secret to a peaceful and relaxed December. Are you ready for it? You know, the ONE thing you need to do in order to stay sane through the holiday season, Christmas shopping, and the end of the semester. Drum roll, please… Get sick.
Yes, friends, get sick. If you get sick, the amount of work your family will allow you to do is minimal. Everybody will pitch in a bit here and there. You discover that the whole operation will move on just fine without your efforts. It’s brilliant!
I should patent this idea: eat a lot of sweets through November and extra pie at Thanksgiving, so that your immune system gets overwhelmed and completely unable to deal with the viruses going around. And work extra hard through November, too, to the point of exhaustion. That is a sure recipe for sickness in December. And you’re off the hook with the Christmas preparations.
You will have to cancel most of the events on your calendar – and discover that your children will learn just as much at home, while they have to feed and clothe themselves. You will learn how to make soup in ten minutes before running back to bed. Your husband will not tire of making you tea. It’s almost romantic.
Also, you will learn that some events simply cannot be canceled and you may have to drive your kids around town half sick (you and them). After all, a lot of people go to work with a cold and a runny nose. So should you, dear homeschooling mom.
As I am recovering from this month-long sickness, I feel wiser. Guess what? I could not send Christmas cards this year and the world still keeps on turning. Who knew?
Cards were just one of those Christmas projects that I had to smile sadly towards. “Not this year, dear!…”
I wish you a Merry Christmas, if you celebrate this holiday! And remember it’s a holiday for your, too.