Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I had the flu or something else equally horrible for the last several days. Today was the first day I was able to haul myself up and get out to run errands and get groceries. I also was able to decorate for Christmas. I'm not really one to go crazy with holiday glitz, but I did it up a little more than usual this year because we'll be having my family's Christmas celebration here for the first time ever.
I feel like this is a signal of a great sweeping shift in my family. Holidays have always been at my parent's place for as long as I can remember, but in recent years it's become quite obvious that the responsibility is taking a toll on them. It's a strange thing when your parents begin to creep up in years and can no longer do the things they've always done before. I feel a little sad and a little panicked about this hand-off. I wonder what it will mean about the future?
It's good to remember that I don't need to be my mother (who is amazing) to host a holiday meal that is meaningful and good. All I have to do is provide a place for all of us to remember together what Christmas is really about. And cook food. Lots of food.