It’s time to stock up on wine. : )
What, you were expecting something else?
I’m lucky. For the most part, holidays around here are drama-free. On Thursday, I can honestly say ‘Thanks” for all my family members, extended and otherwise. But even drama-free holidays can still be stressful. So over the years, Bill and I have come up with our own rituals. On Wednesday, after the kids are in bed, we’ll pull out “Home for the Holidays” and watch it. Imagining Robert Downey Jr. as your relative helps put everything in perspective.
Later, I’ll speed read through a few chapters of Amy Bloom’s A Blind Man Could See How Much I Love You. The beautiful, dysfunctional family celebrating Thanksgiving at the heart of this collection of short stories never ceases to enthrall me. (True story: Many years ago, I got to interview Ms. Bloom. I prepped for a week and she still managed to scare the bejesus out of me.)
What are your pre-holiday rituals?