Looks like my extended family will be arriving on my birthday this year to celebrate Christmas with my mom...I, of course, am expected to play hostess, ugh. I enjoy the family get togethers, I do, but it's a lot of work and a huge expense that I simply cannot afford this year. So, I'm going to check with the nursing home and see if we can use a room for the afternoon and have a gathering there. Everyone can bring a dish and we'll have a pot luck. Does that sound cheesy? I think it sounds like a perfect way to get the load off me - on my birthday, for crying out loud! Maybe I'm just feeling cranky.