Holidays with Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Be a Grinch

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Holidays with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be bittersweet

No, I’m not shopping today. If you’ve read the blog a little, you know why. I’m safe at home because Rheumatoid Arthritis has put an end to my Black Friday shopping. Holidays with Rheumatoid Arthritis are different than they were when my aunt gave me that sweet little sign in the picture.

No one loves the Christmas season more than I.  There are year-round signs of Christmas in my house like a tiny nativity set, a shelf of Christmas books I no longer put away each year, and my Christmas cell phone ringtones.

Everyone who cares about me knows I love God, giving, snow, singing, decorating, baking, visiting…

Look at what my aunt wrote on the back: “Stucco”!

back of Martha signI really love to celebrate. I love to make every day into a party.  I have done plenty of dinner parties, spontaneous picnics, and tea parties.  So, holidays have always been over the top.

Anyway, that was all once upon another time. As one friend of mine says, “Add that to the list of things RA stole.” RA is the Grinch who stole my party-throwing days and I’ve accepted that.

But holidays are different. I want to keep as many traditions as I can. It is frustrating how much I can’t do. It’s frustrating all the things I want to do for others that I had to give up.  I used to bake treats and drive around delivering them the week before Christmas. Everything is different now.

I’ve honestly been dreading this Christmas season because of all of the things I won’t do this year because of RA

New ways to express the Christmas spirit during holidays with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Of course I know Christmas is not about me or what I can do to celebrate. And like I’ve always told my kids: Christmas always comes; it does not depend upon us. This is just another new challenge which comes during holidays with Rheumatoid Arthritis: waging war against the Grinch.

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