So every year I say I will be ready for the holidays by the end of November, and every year I’m scrambling the week before Christmas to get myself together. I think my busy schedule is about average. I work full-time and have a husband, a dog and a bun in the oven. That’s not anything super crazy. I’m not going back to school and don’t have little ones running around sucking every ounce of energy out of me (yet). So why, why am I a lunatic every year around this time? It makes the holidays so much less pleasant because then I end up just looking forward to them being over. And then I fall into the category of “miserable shopper” when I have to run out last minute and stand in line for forty minutes because I needed to pick up two candles and some body lotion for a stocking stuffer. I didn’t send out Christmas cards like I wanted and I keep forgetting about random relatives that I have to acknowledge and somehow let them slip through the cracks.
What has saved me? Amazon Prime. Thank goodness for online shopping and 2 day shipping! What else has been keeping me sane? Remaining diligent about my work-out schedule. It continues to be the best outlet I have (especially since wine and tequila are out of the picture for a while). And new this year are open classes around the holidays. In previous years RAW has closed for a week so thank you Jen for the wonderful Christmas gift. You’ve probably saved a lot of strangers from my pregnant, mad-shopper rage. Another thing that I’ve found to be therapeutic is crafting. This year my husband and I have tried to tie in more home-made gifts that perhaps carry a little more meaning than running to the store. I do NOT consider myself a crafty gal by any means but there has been something very rewarding in creating a gift that has taken a considerable amount of time and effort to make. Even if it looks like I could enter it into an art show for children age six and younger. And lastly, one of the most enjoyable parts of December…cookies. Cookies of every shape, size, color, etc. Thank goodness for peanut butter blossoms, fudge puddles and butterballs. Without the sugar overload I never would have made it this far.
I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday! And continue to keep your s#$% together, we're almost to the end.