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Seasonal Songs for Oldest Daughters

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year 

The winter holiday season is  widely heralded as the “hap-happiest” season of the year.  What often goes unsung is that for a lot of oldest daughters the glories of holiday dinners long, long ago can raise both expectations and stress levels.

Over the hills and through the woods to …

Whose house? Who has the rights to or the responsibility for the annual family dinner?  Who is the keeper of the traditions? Who gets to plan the menu?  The ingredients for putting together the traditional family holiday dinner can become a recipe for competition unless the family’s first-born female is

Makin’ a list  and checkin’ it twice 

Who’s bringing what? Who’s the fixer and who’s the cleaner-upper?  Make sure everybody gets a role to play in this holiday drama and acknowledgment for their part.

My dreidel’s always playful.  It loves to dance and spin. 

The lyrics of this  traditional Hanukkah song include “And when it is so tired, it drops… Even children can figure out what happens when someone does too much — even if it’s what they love doing.  Letting others in the family help out doesn’t take away from anyone’s traditional role.  It may mean more families get to sing

God rest ye merry oldest daughters.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

©Pat Schudy, 2012

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