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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, I love everything about it! The decorating, putting up the tree, giving gifts, special traditions our family has, cooking and baking things I only do at this time of year. Being with family members, eggnog, punch, pumpkin pie, watching our favorite Christmas movies, all of it! Except wrapping present, I have to be honest, I don’t like wrapping presents. I’d just as soon use a gift bag and make it pretty! 

I’m not trying to horn in on Thanksgiving, some of the tips given here can be used for both holidays. I have much to be thankful for, despite migraine and chronic pain! The holidays will be quite different, for me this year. I’ve spent most of the year, with an intractable migraine, a new experience for me, which I’m trying to adjust and find my footing. Writing this blog has helped me in so many ways, there is always hope and you are never alone! 

The holidays before and after chronic migraine and chronic pain, are two totally different entities, as I have found. But with a few tips, you can make it less stressful and more enjoyable, just what the season is all about! 

  • I do all of my shopping online, thus avoiding any possible migraine triggers, in the Malls, Big Box Stores etc. It also is virtually stress free, Amazon is a great place to shop, if you need a gift wrapped and mailed. They do it beautifully and your gift arrives on time.
  • I’ve learned to do my decorating in stages and even then, I don’t do as much as I used to. Pick your favorites and put those out, if you only the energy to put up your tree, that is perfectly fine! It isn’t a contest, it’s Christmas, peace, joy and hope! 
  • Any baked goods that can be done ahead of time and then frozen, is an excellent way to stretch that out, over the month. This tip works for Thanksgiving as well! 
  • Make sure your pantry is stocked ahead of time, if you don’t have access to a Costco or Sam’s Club. Amazon Prime Pantry, comes in handy for this also. As does your local Aldi’s, if you have one. 
  • If you’re hosting any holiday dinners, try delegating some of the side dishes to family members who will be attending. As it is most likely they know you live with migraine and how it affects your life, they will be more than happy to pitch in! It is the season of giving!
  • This book was given to me last year as a Christmas gift by a dear friend. It is an advent calender for the month of December and is delightful, I highly recommend it!
    https://www.amazon.com/Chronic-Christmas-Surviving-Holidays-Illness-ebook/dp/B01MRHKQZZ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1510158763&sr=8-2&keywords=lene+andersen

I wish you all, peace, joy and hope! I’d love to hear any tips, you may have, goodness knows I couldn’t think of that many! 

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

Live with hope,
Roni

 

Songwriters: EDDIE POLA, GEORGE WYLE