This Christmas season was different. And hard. It was short, for one thing. I did not do Advent. Christmas cards were not sent. (I did order them, and they will be sent post-New Years…. I couldn’t let that one slide, because we even went to the trouble to have family pictures taken, for heaven’s sake.) Sadly, I noticed the boys moved the Christmas tree on the advent calender without my help, without chocolate and without stories. And, the Elf… well, he was totally abandoned.