I come from the land of a thousand holiday side dishes. In the past, I have spent almost all of christmas day in the kitchen. By the time dinner was on the table I would be frazzled, resentful and exhausted.
This year I kept the meal very simple, meat, potatoes, veg, rolls, dessert, wine. When Max said he really wanted refrigerated crescent rolls, I said sure, no holiday bread baking for me! I made both desserts the afternoon before.
So on christmas day I got to play and skateboard with Max and knit with my mom. When we sat down to dinner, I felt happy and grateful.
My new holiday rule: don't martyr yourself in the kitchen.