#IWSG: There’s no place like Home for the Holidays

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. It’s an opportunity to talk about doubts and fears you have conquered. To discuss your struggles and triumphs and to offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.


December 7 question – It’s holiday time! Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?

Fall behind – definitely!

My festive season norm for decades has been uber busy, with many key family birthdays in November and December, as well as Christmas. I’ve always believed it was important they get properly celebrated, and don’t get lost in all the mistletoe and holly.

But, this year, my Christmas is going to be very different. My sole surviving parent has relocated to the US, and my daughter – who turns 40 today (how did that happen) – will be spending the festive season with her parents-in-law, who have the energy, fitness and space to help out with two very active grandchildren.

We’ll get together some time before or after, but it will be just me and Himself – at home together – for the day itself… and I’m really rather looking forward to it. No driving anywhere, getting to choose exactly what we want to eat and drink, doing the things we want to do (as much as not doing the other stuff). There will doubtless be festive phone/video calling, but I’m looking forward to a quiet time together.

Technically, I could spend time writing, but I’d rather lean in to this unexpectedly uninterrupted festive time at home – that is except for a stroll or two with cameras in the lovely Sussex countryside and the chilly English seaside.

However you choose to spend your holidays – may they make you happy 🙂

The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Chemist Ken, Natalie Aguirre, Nancy Gideon, and Cathrina Constantine – do take a moment to visit them.


© Debra Carey, 2022

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Tweets @debsdespatches My personal blog is Debs Despatches, where I ramble on a variety of topics. I write fiction on co-hosted site Fiction Can Be Fun, where my #IWSG reflections can be found; and my Life Coaching business can be found on DebsCarey.com.

16 thoughts on “#IWSG: There’s no place like Home for the Holidays”

  1. We’re on the opposite side of your spectrum – just bought our house and am spending our first Christmas in it – I’m also looking forward to starting some French/Irish traditions together. Happy Holidays 🙂

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    1. Oh I am soooo envious of you having a new home to get all Chrismassed up! And yes to lots of French/Irish traditions – and I do hope you’ll do a post sometime telling us about these. Happy Holidays to you too! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Rosemary, I have come into a burst of energy just recently, but it’s being focussed elsewhere (out of necessity) but I hope that I’ll be able to pivot some of it towards writing in the new year. I hope you have a lovely Christmas too 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Natalie 🙂 Mind you, you race about like mad for most of the year, so you totally deserve a holiday break. I hope you get to enjoy a lovely festive break.

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  2. Sounds like my holidays lately. Last year it was COVID making everything long distance (though my DIL and grandguy stopped by to nudge some goodies into the house). This year it’s just my household but that won’t keep me from decorating the house from top to bottom. Bring out out the red and green storage times. I’m ready for them!! Enjoy your down time to spoil yourself!!

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    1. Nancy, that is me too. Even those years when I was the only person in the house *and* no-one other than I got to see them, I decorated. It’s my favourite time of the year and although I’ve scaled back to match the scaled back living accommodation, I still like to go all out. Enjoy your decorating and have the happiest of holiday seasons! 🙂

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    1. Indeed. It’s become less busy and frantic over the years, which I’ve come to enjoy. Hope you get exactly the type of festive season you enjoy James.

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  3. Sounds like the makings of a relaxed holiday. I hope it goes well for you.
    Dewey Decimal System Day is December 10. 📚
    “The only limit to your success is your own imagination” – Shondra Rhimes
    I most recently blogged about my upcoming book and launch party.
    I wish you a merry holiday ⛄ season, and a New Year full of peace, joy, and creativity.

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