Christmas season is starting early this year due to early Thanksgiving. It’s also the first year in the last few years when I won’t be flying to our big conference in Europe. I was supposed to, but today I am starting treatment for the chronic condition I had for a long time. This condition (Hep C) is affecting my liver more than I and my doctor find acceptable, and he said that I couldn’t “wait for better drugs” any longer. It’s going to be a wild ride, since existing drugs have so many side effects. I negotiated with my boss a reprieve from December travels, since I have no idea how my body is going to react to all this.
While I am looking to the treatment with certain dread, I am still hoping for a good holiday season. Advent calendars is one of our cherished traditions. I use plural here, since we have several. Every year Opa sends a commercial chocolate one from Germany, then we have a Playmobil Advent calendar (more toys!) and a homemade chocolate one. In addition, Smarty really likes an online advent calendar at Activity Village (not up yet for this year). They also have a fun “lunch notes printable” – some of it we will use “as is” and I also changed blank pages a bit to add some of our own activities. How much we will actually do depends a lot on my energy level, so I am putting a lot of game playing, Christmas reading and movie watching on our list. I hope our Christmas season will be jolly, and I wish the same to you and yours!