Re: Holidays expectation dealing with the got to dos and Chronic Pain
What a wonderful post. Last year, I ordered everything online and it went so well for me that I did not mind paying the shipping charge in the slightest. It was so worth it because the items came to the door and suprisingly were packaged in brown boxes so my kiddos carried them upstairs and put them on my bed. So all I had to do was wrap them and stick a label on them. Then the children carried them downstairs and put them under the tree.
Last night, I placed my orders and am 90 % done with shopping. I need to get hubby one additional gift and then I need to buy the stocking stuffers. I highly recommend this method for anyone who suffers from chronic pain. It takes away all the pain and suffering and the crowds in the stores.
For baking last year, I mixed up several different types of cookie doughs the day before and then I invited a couple of girlfriends and their children over the following day. We baked, decorated cookies, and strung popcorn all together for the day and listened to Christmas music. We had so much fun and plan on doing it again this year. Fortunately, my girlfriend helped me get thru this special day since she realized how important it was to me, and she did alot of the cleanup on the day of the event (PRAISE The LORD). I must admit premixing the dough the day before helped considerably because we did not have alot of messy bowls or flour on the counter because it was made and cleaned up the day before.
I will not deny by the end of the baking day, I could barely stand up but to hear our children's laughter and squeals of delight made it so worth it. We realize that our children will have some memories they will cherish forever which is what matters the most to me.
I believe even though we do have chronic pain we can make the holidays just as much fun for our family. We simply need to figure out how to do things a little differently than before, spread it out more in the months prior, and make ourselves a little more organized than in previous years so that we can create those magical moments.
Last edited by ms_west; 10-28-2008 at 08:18 PM.