Well, I guess we are in countdown to the most hectic time of the year- Christmas. It is even more chaotic for us as my little girl, who turns 2 this year was born on Christmas day. We also bought our house this year which means there isn't a lot of extra money laying around for festive frivolity either. I don't even have the desire to do it this year. The only part of Christmas I enjoy is the magic of Santa for the kids and watching them open their presents. The rest of the time is taken up dragging ourselves around to see people that we only see a handful of times a year. It just doesn't seem to be worth the effort and it makes the kids cranky too. But I'm going to enjoy this year because I'm not going to make a big deal about anything. I'll just enjoy it for what it is. If something goes wrong, if the kids misbehave, if the food gets burnt, if the family has a meltdown I'm just going to laugh it off this year. I don't want such insignificant things to both me anymore.