By the end of December, my chef/husband and I are usually just ready for Christmas and New Year’s Eve to be over. I know that sounds horrible but December is a really hard month when you are married to a chef.
It’s 4-5 INSANE weeks of working way too many hours for my chef/husband. We really don’t see him much at all during this time. Because of this I struggle with loneliness, even with 3 kids. I also feel bad that we are out doing fun Christmas things and my husband is slaving away at work to provide for us. I could say more, but it would really just sound like complaining, so I’ll stop.
I thought maybe this year would be different, with him being the COO of a restaurant group and out of the kitchen, but the hours have still been crazy…including a restaurant opening. I am thankful for his days off this month and don’t want to take them for granted, as I remember many years, he rarely had a day off in the month of December.
Since so many of you can relate to our family, I would guess that we are not alone in feeling this way each holiday season.
While in the past, I’ve dreaded the month of December as a chef’s wife, I’ve decided this Christmas season is going to be different. No more moping around and wishing it was over for this chef’s wife and kids.
So for the next 11 days, I’ll be writing notes of encouragement to your family (and mine) to help us get through this holiday season as Emulsified Families. They’ll be short posts and I’ll post them early each morning so that we can have something to think about each day.
I’ll make sure to post about them on Facebook or you can come back to the blog every day.
So for this first day of encouragement, I want you to know that you are not alone and that I will be praying for each of you who are reading this blog today and for the next 11 days.
I probably have never met you in person. You might not have ever left a comment on my blog or social media, but thanks to Google Analytics, I know you are there and I know that many of you struggle, just like I do during this time of year.
If there is a specific way I can pray for or encourage your family during the holidays, I would love to know. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
What is hardest for you and your Emulsified Family during the Christmas season? Let me know in the comments below.
From one chef’s wife to another,