I was not the holiday champ

Happy New Year!

Yes, I realize that we’re almost a month into the year. But it seems like a good time to spread some cheer since I just mailed my New Year cards. I also just finished putting away the Christmas decorations. Evidently, being a month behind on holidays is my current trend. Add that I chickened out of a New Year’s Eve party (sorry, friend!) and failed to win the CHAMP game on Thanksgiving, and you could come up with general holiday failure.

But it’s fine. I might have bailed on New Year’s Eve, but I did get brave and go to a party later in January. That’s showing improvement, right?

And at least I showed up for Thanksgiving. At 3:00 a.m. the day I was supposed to start my trip, I woke up and had a bit of an anxiety attack. At 7:00 a.m., I declared that I could not handle the stress of the trip and went back to bed. But at 9:00 a.m., I mentally wrestled myself into the car and got on the road. Another brave moment—go me!

Losing CHAMP—our family’s version of the basketball game HORSE—was a bummer, but it wasn’t a surprise. I’ve never won. Since the “modern era” began, circa 1987, we’ve played at most family get-togethers. That means I have lost at least fifty times in a row. Me not winning is practically part of the tradition at this point. But, again, it’s fine. My goal is never to win. My goal is always to not go out first. Not only did I accomplish that this past year, but I also surprised everyone by coming in second place for the first time! I’m definitely moving that technical loss to the personal victory column.

Plus, I don’t fail at everything Thanksgiving related. My deviled eggs get rave reviews and I excel at the garage party. Neither of those is a competition, but I do a great job at both, even if I say it myself. (If the garage party were a competition, my family would sweep every event. It’s just a fact.)

So yes, it might seem like I’m falling short in the holiday category, but it’s all good. And really, is it ever too late to send good wishes?

I hope you have a great (rest of the) year!

Peace and love,


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