Today is the first day of the holiday break for my boys, and I found out just how much they need a break when my 11-year-old told me that he didn't want to go anywhere at all this week. He said he needs a break from society and just wants to chillax. Look up "extrovert" in the dictionary and you'd see my son's photo, so to hear him say that lets me know that he is due a chance to chill and relax for a while. I don't expect my high schooler to wake up until it's time to leave for Christmas Eve festivities tomorrow.  I know he's hunkered down for some chillaxing.

I'm sure many of you are shaking your heads in agreement to this right now. So in addition to Peace on Earth and a Merry Christmas, my family wishes you and yours plenty of time to chillax this week. My chillaxing starts in a few hours. I'll be back on Thursday!

Also on MNN

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.