Christmas is here. It always comes fast and the lead up is stressful. No matter what I do I can't seem to break the cycle. I've cut down my list, our children are grown, yet I never feel I've bought enough. I have time to plan meals but still feel harried and squeezed. I become inert. I worry about not having enough food for the ONE day the stores are closed. I can't escape the feelings of expectations and I guess, the worry of falling short. The misery and loneliness in the world seem to loom larger at the holiday season. Then I light the Christmas tree and take my quiet house in and I feel peace. All is good. I then remember I forgot the heavy cream for the creamed spinach...I hope this Christmas brings calm and peace to you and yours.