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Holiday struggles

Thursday, December 29, 2016

My husband says that it is my own fault, and he is right, kind of. I do put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure that everything is as perfect as can be for the holidays, and I stress myself to exhaustion. I just don't know what to cut. Do I not send out cards? But, I love hearing from everyone this time of year, and I don't think I can quit sending cards. Do I stop baking? But I give cookies as gifts to neighbors and co-workers who aren't bakers as gifts. They ask me about it every year. Can I disappoint? I think not. Maybe I should decorate less? Well, since the party is at my house every year, I don't think I can skip out on that. Fewer presents? I am making progress on that one. I think. But I still love a beautifully wrapped gift, and they look so lovely when I take them places. And I see no point in giving someone a gift that they don't like. So I put a lot of thought into gifts. And I usually do quite well. I have a reputation as a good gift giver, I'd hate to ruin it. Cleaning? Again, since the party is at my house, it has to be extra clean for the holidays, because people do go into every corner, don't they? At least they do at my house. So, I get overwhelmed, I get irritable, and I really don't look forward to Christmas. I know, I know, someone who freely admits that they don't like all the holiday cheer? What a Scrooge! what a Grinch! How can that be? The funny part is, the day after it's all over, and my house is kind of quiet, and somewhat back in order, I enjoy sitting in my house looking at the lights and decorations. The expectations have been met, or not, and there is nothing else I can do, or have to do. So I finally relax. When you have a lot of family, the holidays can be tough, They don't make all those comedies about crazy, horrible family get-togethers for no reason. I love my family, and I am fortunate enough to be able to see my family anytime, but sometimes distance does make the heart grow fonder. When I put together the annual Christmas photo album, I will remember it all fondly, and enjoy the memories. But I am always happy when December is over! I need the extra time to be able to exercise off the ten pounds that it brings! I hope that your holidays were wonderful, and have a great new year!! emoticon And if you figure out the formula for a stress-free holiday, let me know! Someone must know the secret, because some people make it look so effortless. I just look like the crazy lady in the movie! emoticon Let's make 2017 the best yet!
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    You have the same expectations and schedule every year. In November, freeze several batches of cookie dough (you might even freeze individual dollops so they need only be placed on the cookie sheet and baked). Consider making a cookie that begins as a log and is sliced and baked.
    You buy great presents. Wrap them as you choose them. Do you have a wrapping area where you don't have to do more than put the scissors and tape back in a designated drawer? Keep a running list of what you've bought for whom, even to the point of taking a picture and putting it in a file folder on your computer or phone.
    I knew a woman who used the same decorations in the same spot year after year. She wrote the location on the back of the item with magic marker. All the decorations from one room went in one box. Label the box. Some years I scale back and all the decorations aren't put out.
    Get in the habit of putting things away as soon as you use them -- year 'round. The house stays organized and only needs a dusting and sweeping and bathroom cleaning before guests arrive. Husbands and children can run a vacuum and scour a sink. People are coming to see you, not inspect the house.
    Merry stressless Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1428 days ago
    I'm laughing aloud....NOT at you!!! I could have written this blog myself. Don't feel alone, so many women are in those same shoes and relate to those feelings with you! In the end, my only advice is.....do what you feel comfortable with in order to celebrate Christ's birth. It may be less baking, fewer gifts, a "not so clean" house----but treasure and cherish the time you spend with family and friends as those are the memories you will remember!
    1428 days ago
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