I DREAD the holidays. I am not sure when exactly the dread started – I do know it is wrapped up in money and increased tension in interpersonal relationships and the hassle of putting up decorations. I wish I could fast forward to January. But I can’t – so the 12 Days of Family Christmas is my attempt to celebrate with and for the kids, and to force myself to be present during the holidays. So we kicked off on Saturday – we bought new holiday pajamas and watched Elf and drank cocoa (peppermint tea for me). It was fun – no dread at all, really. And the kids look dordables in their new pajamas, of course. And it is hard to resist Will Farrell’s Elf’s love of Christmas and energy for making things festive.