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!!
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!
Let's make 2017 the best yet!