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The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes all those things that drive women crazy while the men in the family watch football, basketball, hockey and old Westerns — or just plain watch us spin around in circles wanting to be sure that everything is perfect for the entire family. What is wrong with this picture?

Can we just step back, take a deep breath and relax? The only thing needed for a fun family holiday season is the family.

Holidays in that old tenant house on N.C. 97 were never so intense, or maybe I was just too young to know what was going on except that Thanksgiving was coming (two days out of school) and that Christmas wasn’t too far behind (Santa would be stopping by).

There was no turkey, but there was a fat old hen from our hen house, baked with homemade stuffing from Mama’s biscuits. No cranberry sauce but lots of potato salad with homemade pickles. Sweet potatoes were oven-baked, fresh collards from the garden, deviled eggs from our flock of chickens, butterbeans and peas grown in our garden and canned by Mama and fried cornbread and homemade biscuits.

Oh, forgot to mention some of the best cakes and pies ever made. Always a pineapple cake for Daddy. It was just simple, delicious and a wonderful time to be at home.

Fast forward to today and stop to compare — but that isn’t fair to anyone. Most of us can’t raise chickens (wouldn’t know how to dress one if we did). Most of us don’t have gardens (wouldn’t know how to plant or tend one if we did) and heaven help the homemade biscuits.

So what do we do? We find the turkeys on sale at the local grocery, buy stuffing in a bag, pick up frozen veggies and souffles, buy some Parker house rolls and enjoy the holidays.

I thought I would hit you with the nostalgia first and let reality follow. Less tension for Mom, and the family will still be the family and will just love being at home.

Jan Mills is The Spring Hope Enterprise’s customer service representative. Reach her at 252-478-3651 and