Like many of you, I’ve spent the last few days rushing around to finish up last minute preparations for the holidays. I will likely continue all this busy work straight up until Christmas morning, which will usher in another few days of chaos while we make the rounds visiting family and friends.
After a few days to breathe, New Year’s will be upon us with all it’s bright and shiny promises of improvement. We’ll stay out too late and imbibe too much and start the next phase with a bad hangover and no motivation to make those changes until “tomorrow”. Some of us will make good on that promise, some of us won’t, but all of us will continue to live our lives and inevitably wind up right back in the holiday season for another helping of stress with a generous side of merriment.
It’s a strange, thing really. All this stress we put upon ourselves. Sometimes I think we think so hard about all the things we feel are necessary to make memories that we rob ourselves of the joy those things are supposed to bring.
This year, things have been a little tighter than normal, but I have chosen not to let it stress me out. Instead, I’m focused on enjoying the time with my loved ones and creating beautiful mental snapshots with my daughter and my husband.
Today was spent baking cookies for Santa and a few goodies for gift baskets. Later I’ll be wrapping the last of the gifts, as we will do our Christmas a day early to accommodate all the family functions taking place on the actual holiday. I must say that despite a few mishaps, it has been a lot of fun. This low-key approach has been an amazing change, and it’s one I plan on keeping!
This time of year always feels like a strange mix of being too busy and not having enough to do. Finishing up all the tasks left undone to make room for new goals and evaluating the progress of the year is both taxing and refreshing. That is a process that will get a whole post of it’s own here soon.
For now, I just wanted to wish love, light, and laughter on all of you as you celebrate the holidays.
I can’t wait to come back with some new material for you all!