Happy Holidays everyone! Anyone else having to change plans due fibro fatigue or pain. I would imagine I am not alone. There may be those of you who recognized limitations & did not plan to bake or make & send gifts out of town, or put up a Christmas tree or buy special ornaments for said tree or take a ride down Christmas Tree Lane with shut in Aunt or...or...You are to be commended. I have not learned yet how to let things go & I think this is the key to peace this time of year. I lay on my couch exhausted making Plan D because I have no strength for A, B & C. Sending gifts via Amazon now which will be Plan A next time.
I let go of Christmas Tree as the thought of packing it up again is too exhausting. In my present place of pain/fatigue putting it up is too much. It's sad because I love Christmas & making it special for family & friends.
Christmas is no fun. To reduce the stress and financial burden we do gift draws. Then you are only buying for one person per event instead of everyone. We also have cut out all non essential events. Work christmas party not during work hours, not happening. Extended family events, not happening. We do christmas with my parents and his parents and that's it. A small tree, like a table top tree, is easier to manage and doesn't require moving furniture around. I do shopping earlier to avoid crowds and lots of it is online. I don't cook anything for anyone. I will cook something i can eat and bring it if im unsure about what is going to be at whatever event. If im supposed to bring something somewhere for sharing it's store bought. You come first. Maybe it's time they made it special for you instead of you doing it for them.
Tamtoad.. This year I told my nieces and nephews that if they wanted to give my parents a Christmas gift they could give them a home made gift certificate stating a day and time they will come to take down the decorations.
If you have a storage area big enough I know several people who have those large bags that they fold down .. They use it as the tree skirt and once Christmas is over they pull the bag back over the tree and store it still decorated.
For my daughter - since she stays in a hotel when she comes home - I found a ceramic tree at Goodwill that lights up and has a train that runs around the tree.. It also plays music but she usually has the sound off.
For baking we start early and either freeze or package and refrigerate them until it's time to get them out so I am not trying to do everything at once.