This time of year, thoughts turn to the last big holiday of the year, Christmas. We all have to buy something for somebody. Then there are Secret Santas, ginger bread cookies, winter beers, Christmas beers, fruitcake (does anyone really eat fruitcake?) The bell ringers at the stores, the incessant silver bells in TV commercials and the 60-year-old carols performed by long dead singers. Every year, Christmas opens up many questions that can’t be answered right away.
Christmas dinner, who’s coming? Who’s not? Who has to work? Who will leave early? Who will come later? What will be served? Will anyone help with dishes when it’s done?
Which one is the vegan and which one is gluten intolerant? What’s the best choice for craft beer? Better have some Bud Light or some other crap beer for the craft beer intolerant. A sweet wine for the ladies or perhaps a hard cider. Regardless, just make it sweet.
How many kids? How many bratty kids? How many old people? Which son/daughter/niece/nephew will bring a strange boyfriend/girlfriend? Bet on the time when the first adult will smell weed in the house.
Which uncle/aunt will have too much to drink? Who will bring pets? Prepare for pet disagreements.
Who will get angry and leave early? Who will have too much fun and stay late? Who will drive whom home? Who will spend the night?
Christmas is a stressful time. Plan wisely. Or just sit back and let it happen. There are no mistakes. This is normal. It will happen again around this time next year.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.