While I was creating the traditional Christmas Feast this week, I thought about many things, especially the following three:
Number one: This is a lot of f*#$@!! work.
Number two: I am tired of doing all this f*#$@!! work.
Number three: Why do I keep doing this every f*#$@!! year?
The matriarch of the family is
stuck with responsible for all that is Christmas. She is expected to feed everyone, on every major holiday. I loved cooking all day and watching my family play games and have fun with each other. I am so over that now.
This matriarch wants to play, have fun, and relax for a change. Sit in a cushy chair knitting, while listening to the stories her children tell each other about their lives. Take a nap for an hour when the younger set does (i.e., while everything is quiet).
Two of our three children have not invited us over for holiday festivities. Ever. I imagine it never occurred to them to do so, since they have not invited us over – period. Wait – I take that back. They did host a family BBQ once in the summer of 2009. They did a fabulous job too. I know that they could out-do my Turkey Loco recipe, which, BTW, uses a grill, where real men cook.
Don’t tell anyone, but I think I’m wearing out. I just can’t do it anymore. I hate that I’m weaker physically now, and have “chronic conditions” requiring a plethora of prescriptions and doctor appointments. I’m way too young to be this OLD!
So, dear kids… Consider this your advanced notice: I’m going to take the year 2013 off.
Feel free to use our kitchen/BBQ, but Thanksgiving and Christmas feasting (traditional or not) will have to be coordinated and prepared by anyone but me.
If a feast does not get coordinated, do not expect me, in the eleventh hour, to whip one together.
Just saying. 😉