To the tune of "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat":
Christmas is over,
The family is all spent
Please don't ask us over
For another event
We had a really great time
We promise you it's true
But now we need alone time
And so do you!
It was a better than expected holiday, given the number of unusual circumstances. We had both my sisters and their partners up as well as my grandmother from Calgary. There were the usual kerfuffles of scheduling as people asked for last minute changes, etc.
The big challenge was that school let out almost a week before Christmas, which meant a week of entertaining the boys and also trying to get my work done for my dayjob. (And, because I'm crazy, I'm also going through the final getting stuff ready to release my second novel (available for preorder now!).)
I had arranged for some help but last minute challenges meant I only had help for one of the four days I needed it. I bit the bad-parenting bullet and let them have extra screen time so that I could get my work done, but that meant some behavioural challenges over the holidays. (There's always a trade off.)
And yet, we all got through it and with a minimum of tears and tantrums and family drama on all side. I'll take it as a win.