Saturday, December 3, 2011

It’s Christmas time….how stressed are you?


Christmas Stress

The time
to relax
is when
you don't have
time for it.
~Jim Goodwin


So, it’s less than a month (I don’t want to actually count the days!!!) till Christmas.  How stressed are you?  Are you running around the malls like a crazy person trying to find the perfect gifts?  Cranking out Christmas cookies like a well-equipped factory?  Decking the halls till there’s not one spot left untouched by holiday “magic”? 

Christmas has gotten a whole lot less “crazy” around here since my kids have gone off to college.  The years of making enough cookies for an army are gone.  So are the days (nights) of staying up till 2a.m. making gifts for dozens of teachers and coaches…and planning school parties.  I seemed to thrive on it back then but to be honest, it feels kinda nice to be doing less (or none) of that now. 

There is still a pile of scrapbook orders waiting to be completed and I have a few gifts I’d like to make in time to stick in Santa’s sleigh…but I’m keeping my expectations in check and trying to not stress so much about it all.

christmas treeI didn’t spend Thanksgiving weekend putting up my Christmas tree and pulling out all my decorations.  Instead I spent it watching movies and playing cards with my girls.  We hung out and talked and relaxed.  

So now it’s a week later and I still don’t have my tree up!  I probably should have done that this week but instead I enjoyed dinner out one night with my daughter and two more nights out with friends.  Somehow spending time with the people I love feels more important right now than trying to WOW them with the superficial stuff.   

If I could get away with it…THIS is the tree I would put up!   But I’m trying to decide if it would take longer to construct than putting up an actual tree.  Hmmm.  Definitely less stuff to pull out of the attic at least! 


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