The biggest one being my Mother-in-law's passing, which greatly reduced my Christmas tasks. I don't have to download an entire year's blog and have it printed for her, I'm not making her a calendar of our family's activities, we aren't making big plans to gather at her house for her traditional celebration.
Truthfully, I still can't believe she's gone, but my brain has definitely geared down with the concept. There are some people, though, who seem to always be in your life because their presence was large. She would be one of those people, though I was sad to see her go, I also understand she was ready to leave.
I wrapped up my Christmas Eve menu we'll share with my mother before we go to church. My family and I will go to my father-in-law for a short time. I hate to think he would be alone the whole of Christmas day even if he can't remember who we are or even that it's Christmas. We'll visit for a bit, bring and share his favorite food, smoked salmon, then be on our way. We're going to find a movie to enjoy with just the four of us.
We are exhausted from the journey of watching someone die, so my mother and sister will move their "orphans" party to my cousins house instead of mine. There is a lot to download from our year and we are looking forward to a quiet Christmas.