Cartoon from today's Washington Post.
In my family I'm the person that has all the "fixed expectations" of what Christmas should be and what we should eat and what we should be doing. I have let some things go as I realized that absolutely no one cared whether we had gingerbread men or not, and I have managed to downsize decorations expectations but I still find myself thinking "Oh, we must must have fresh blueberry muffins for breakfast or it won't seem like Christmas." Who am I kidding? Yes, we like blueberry muffins, and yes people eat them, but no, they won't feel like they have been deprived of Christmas if I don't get around to making them. And I think more feelings have been hurt by insisting on "traditions" than have been hurt by breaking traditions. So, everyone, lighten up. and Merry Christmas.