Throwing in the Towel

Well, as you may have noticed, we gave up on the 12 Days of Solstice, the day after Solstice.  I reacted badly to my antibiotics and the boys have been passing a bug back and forth since Thanksgiving.  I was tired and after Solstice, I just didn't care anymore.  We didn't make our annual ornaments or finish any handmade gifts.  We didn't go on a nature walk or sledding at midnight under the stars.  

In a way though, getting sick was the best thing that happened to our holiday season.  Instead, we made cozy nests on the couch and watched far too many old Warner Brother's cartoons on YouTube.  We shopped on Amazon and ate fruit with cheese and crackers for dinner.  We were quiet and peaceful and the house was filthy.  

You know what came from letting go of all those expectations?  The boys each came up to us the day after Christmas and said, "Mom.  Dad.  This was the best holiday ever."

Yes, yes it was.  


  1. Isn't simple always best?! We gave up complicated a long time ago and I have to say it feels wonderful!! The older I get the more I question all the business and expectations for a celebration of a baby born humbly in a manger. I do hope you all are feeling better!


  2. Awesome! Hope you are feeling better soon.

  3. Love this Liz - but hope you are feeling better soon.

  4. Sounds perfect. Hope you all feel better soon, but if you have to be sick, cozy and together is the way to do it.

  5. That just makes me cry...such sweetness in togetherness, isn't there? ....truly a gift in such a busy season.

    Hope you are on the mend...and warm blessings in the new year!.

  6. Christmas can be a big fuss...........sounds like you had a perfect time...........hope you all feel much better soon

  7. Those antibiotics are NOT fun. Hope you feel better soon. I think when it comes down to it, our kids just want to be with us more than anything we could give or plan for them.

  8. If a tradition starts to feel like a burden, then I don't think you should continue to do it. You guys were right to adjust to what you needed/could do at the moment.

  9. Sounds like the perfect holiday!


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