Monday, December 16, 2013

Keep Calm and Merry On

Who says Christmas is stressful?  Look at this guy, maxing and relaxing, oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the holidays! 
If you aren't two like Thomas, you are probably feeling that December stress.  There is just so much to do from shopping, planning, wrapping and baking.  Then there's parties to attend, movies to watch and songs to sing.  It's not like all the things we do this time of year are terrible, it just can be tough to fit everything in.  Oh and your usual work, errands and appointments.
And also enjoy it!
This year it has taken me a bit longer to really get into the Christmas spirit.  Usually I am itching to decorate and bust out my 'NSync Christmas album.  This year we've been busy and preoccupied so I've had weeks of rushing to catch up.  I know I am not alone in feeling this way. I LOVE the holiday season; why does it have to be stressful?
I was panicking last week when Jer just stopped me and said, "it doesn't matter".  It doesn't matter if you don't bake or clean the house or put up the lights outside or wrap the presents with flair.  What does matter is that you take care of yourself and your family and slow down.  Delete the menial tasks and clear time for relaxing, movie watching and visiting.  I have cut back this year, expectations lowered and plans changed.  I am making time for those who reciprocate and who've been present in our lives this year. Time to indulge in some festive cheer!
I hope you can also remove some of your stress this week by being nicer to yourself and trying to relax.  I will be doing the same thing:) 
oxox 

2 comments:

  1. A great lesson learned!
    love A&G

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  2. I'm so glad you are taking this stance. Kudos to Jeremy for helping you to realize what is important. I told Gary last night I'm impressed how you always have a good dinner on the table the minute J walks through the door. I didn't e-mail anyone yesterday, but it was Auntie Pen's birthday - 17th. She said her mother, my Nanny, never had time to give her a birthday party as she was always so busy getting ready for Christmas. Love, Mum xx

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