Christmas dinner for 18 this coming Friday with be the first family holiday we've hosted since I was diagnosed. Surely this is a test of my ability to navigate symptoms. I chose a simple menu and have said "yes" to every offer of help. Decorations are sparse. Gift wrap is simple.
But really...to stand against all the culturally created stress about holidays, to recognize that shopping does not equal love, to cut out the unnecessary and pair down, is not only good for those of us with autoimmune diseases but, in this day and age, its down right revolutionary. And I encourage you to join "the resistance" ;-)
Wishing you and your family and friends peace and joy this holiday season because this weary world needs a load of them both!