As a child the anticipation of the holidays was so full of excitement and joy and the day after felt completely deflated. As a mother, the anticipation of the holidays feels like drudgery and the day after feels like a revival. I hope this doesn't sound too pessimistic? It is difficult to describe. It is a learning experience. This holiday season I have improved on simplification, prioritization, relaxation. I enjoyed the holidays very much and am looking forward to the tranquility that follows.