Kacey Hammell tells us how she survives the holidays with a little help on Day 16 of 25 Days of Hot Holiday Hints! Leave Kacey a comment for a chance to in a $5 gift certificate. We're giving one away each day!
As Moms we like to believe that we can do it all. We’re all Wonder Women who can organize, bake, chauffeur the kids, never miss a meeting, clean, do the laundry, wrap presents, shop for everyone, and put the tree up … all on our own.
Or is it just me that thinks this every year??? LOL I’m a control freak who likes tradition, things done very specifically and relinquishing control is not something I’m used to. And every year, we have a lot of family come home – usually about 40 people, young and old – on the homestead talking loud, over one another and acting it’s a total blast. And everyone stays on the homestead too – we have 2 houses on the same land, so we have plenty of room. It is a lot of fun, and the only time I get to see many of my relatives every year.
And up until a few years ago, I was the one preparing everything for our dinner, games, snacks, etc. It’s just the way I am. I wanted perfect and believed I could be the only one to do it all right, and since a lot of the family traveled quite far, I couldn’t very well ask them to bring food, etc. right?
With the many women of the clan, we’ve all worked it out, and POTLUCK is my favourite new word. After a lot of work and discussion, those that travel the furthest will bring something nonperishable, or a dessert that will sustain a car/plane ride (most live all over Canada), and those that have shorter travel times will make some hot food that can be easily transported – crockpots are such a blessing – and Mom & myself do the turkey here.
So the long-winded message here – POTLUCKS & DELEGATION !!!!
I find that I don’t stress that much any longer and I get to spend much more time with the family. I’m more thankful for the less stress than anything, truthfully, I’d run myself ragged then sleep New Year’s Day away after everyone had left.
So all Moms – and I hope no one is as crazy as I used to be – don’t take on everything yourself. Learn to delegate, sit back and let things happen as they will, and take time to spend with family.
After all, that’s what the holidays are all about.
Kacey Hammell is the author of the Club Splendor series.
Bridget Guthrie and Zander Hudson have worked at Club Splendor together for years, sharing smoldering glances, flirting, and building a friendship. Thanks to the club’s strict policy of no staff fraternization, they’ve resisted how much they truly want each another.
With Bridget leaving to explore her dreams, they no longer have to hide their passions. After hours, in one of the pleasure rooms at Club Splendor, they finally give in to the burning desire they’ve held at bay for too long. She’s taken care of other people’s love lives for so long while at the club, can she find the courage to take care of her own needs and fantasies?
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