Whenever our family has a party to attend, we are then invited to another one. On top of that, the next party happens to be the same weekend. By the end of the weekend, we are so tired from running around and putting on a good face that we end up crashing. I thought that after the holidays the parties would calm down, but it seems that every single person we know has decided to invite us to birthday parties all at the same time. We were not expecting the invitations for some of them and were told of one event at the last minute. We always try to attend all the functions that we are able to, but sometimes it becomes too much.
When we are on the verge of a major family meltdown, we have turned down invitations to events. I sometimes feel bad letting the person down by not coming, but we only have a finite amount of time on the weekends. We need some time for relaxation. Being at a party can be exhausting because it feels like acting in a show. Everyone is watching and noticing every little thing that happens.
I like staying at home and having “party foods.” We often party at home for New Year's Eve and the Superbowl. Though, our party is an Un-Superbowl Party where we watch movies and eat typical Superbowl snacks. I enjoy being in my own environment without anyone to impress. It is a slower pace and more peaceful. Also, I find that all the activity from parties keeps me up at night. My husband and son are the only people I need to party with and I enjoy the time we spend together as a family. When it is just the three of us, we can be ourselves and have a lot more fun.
Copyright 2013 Tanya Weitzel
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