It’s December 21st and I FEEL STRESSED! Holidays are supposed to be fun. I genuinely look forward to Christmas from the moment that I feel and smell that first Fall day each year. I even still get goosebumps from excitement.
For me, it all starts when the kids start school at the beginning of September. I know that from that point on, it’s a whirlwind of activity.
Here’s the low down:
September – school starts and my youngest child’s birthday. October – Halloween! November – Thanksgiving (HUGE food association holiday…YUMMY!) And then December – Christmas!!!! For me, the grand poobah of them all. Next there’s New Year’s, which is seemingly my stress free holiday. All I need there is a fabulous outfit and a crowd stopping appetizer. That’s easy.
But, it’s now December 21st and I’m consumed with what I have left to do. Will my girls be happy with their gifts? Will it be enough? Am I putting too much emphasis on gifts and stressing myself out needlessly. After all, they’re older now and aren’t looking for loads and loads of toys. I’m also mad at myself because this is the first Christmas in many years, if ever, where I haven’t sent out cards. While this irks me because I waited too long until things were hectic, I’ve decided to forgive myself. All I really care about is a nice picture of my children at the holidays and that’s what I’m setting out to get. Christmas day is inevitably me mimicking the papparazzi with my children as the Oscar contenders, walking the red carpet. There’s hardly a quiet moment without a camera snapping. I’ll get that picture.
Aaaah….feeling better already. Thanks for listening.
Tonight Hubs and I will hit the grown running. The mall is open until 10pm, but the big department stores stay open until midnight. I’m pretty sure that I can get home from work, organize what I’ve already purchased, make a fresh list and get it done!
Yes, Teresa! You can do this! Go girl! Make it happen! You’re awesome and your children will be happy on Christmas morning! WOO HOO!!!
A pep talk always makes me feel better. If you’re feeling the same way, give yourself one, get rid of your worry, forgive yourself for not being organized AGAIN and head out the door. You’re awesome too!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL!
Much love to you,