Yesterday was the start of my extra long vacation - it appears that I will be off until the new year (pretty much - I fully expect to pop in to the office at least once or twice before then).
The tree has been standing in the corner for at least a week, bare except for the lights. And you know what? A tree with lights is pretty beautiful all on its own.
I think that is a major revelation for me.
For many, many years I obsessed over the tree. And pretty much everything else. But after living through the unemployment, and not really enjoying the holiday due to the stress, I've learned to let it go.
Tonight, we decorated the tree as a family. The tree isn't "Pinterest Perfect." So what? It's still beautiful....and you won't find me secretly rearranging it when no one is looking; because it's pretty much perfect just the way it is.
As a family, we laughed over the memories that some ornaments brought to mind. We laughed when Man-Child dropped, and broke, the pink "Baby's First Christmas" ornament (WHY it was pink is still a mystery after all these years). We laughed, even after I somehow sliced my palm on a glass icicle. Ouch!
The baking isn't done...but I've still got time. And, realistically? How much baking do I really NEED to do? Not much.
As for the house hunt, it has been determined; I've been very open to every house we've seen. I can say with no reservations that there have been at least three houses that I've seen which could work...with some renovations.
Here's the deal, the Husband really doesn't want to live with renovations; since he finds a reason to nix each and every house. Didn't I predict this some time back? But yet. he's still not quite ready to commit to building. *sigh* So the hunt continues.
But despite the housing woes (I am really ready for a new home!), life is good and I have no complaints. Come on Christmas...I'm ready.