During this often hectic time, we caregivers tend to take an already packed schedule and cram even more duties into it. Not only do we have our own shopping, but we do the shopping our parents would have done in their younger years. They still want to give gifts. We often write their Christmas cards for them, we mail their packages, we do their baking - all of this plus tending to our children's Christmas, our spouse, and all of the work celebrations which usually require extra cooking or shopping.
Below is a story for caregivers that works any time of the year, but I think it's even more fitting at this busy time. It's titled "The Bowl and the Sponge."
"...For awhile, the pitcher is relieved of some of the weight of the water, as your loved one is relieved of some of their burden when you are sharing it with them. You, the caregiver, are holding the troubles of your loved one for a time; lightening their load. "