I love Christmas. It is probably my second favourite time of year (fall is my first… & I meant to post about fall as well but fall was over before I knew it). Normally, I love everything about Christmas & usually find completing all Christmas related activities relaxing & quite enjoyable. I am a bit crazy, I know. I love to decorate the tree while listening to Christmas music & drinking eggnog. I even had the “yuletide fireplace” burning this year while I decorated our tree. I like to bake & make all kinds of Christmas goodies. Even shopping for presents I enjoy… I am a big proponent of trying to by unique gifts for people & usually do a fairly good job (I think!) of finding “wow” gifts.
This year, however, I must admit that Christmas started to get the better of me & I was feeling the stress of getting everything done in time. It seems this fall / winter (I know it’s not technically winter yet but it doesn’t really feel like fall anymore either) I have been exceptionally busy. Last year, following our wedding I was off between September & December & at the time I thought I had wasted away a lot of my time, doing arbitrary things, like reading far too much. I realize now though that I actually accomplished a lot. By the beginning of December last year I had hand made all of my Christmas cards & gotten them all in the mail. I had baked four or five different types of Christmas cookies. I had most of the shopping & wrapping finished & the house decorated.
Fast forward to this year. Christmas – 1, Brandey – 0. By December 1st this year I had accomplished next to nothing. The cards were store bought & not addressed or mailed. I had done no baking & had barely wrapped any of our presents. The wrapping had yet to be completed because I had barely bought any of the presents. I had a particularly hard time this year coming up with ideas for people & must admit that I don’t really have any “wow” gifts. My favourite gift is one for my niece, but it’s something that I’ve done before, so I feel as though the “wow factor” is probably wearing off. Time had certainly gotten away from me. Just last week I was lamenting to my hubby about how I had no time & couldn’t see how I was going to get everything done. Christmas was definitely kicking my butt & instead of being an enjoyable time of year as it usually is for me, I was stressed right out. I now understand why so many people get stressed out about the holidays. Seeesh.
That said, what a difference a couple weeks can make. I am back to enjoying
Christmas. With only two days till Christmas, everything has been checked off the list. Although store bought, I got all the cards mailed out by the middle of December. Last Friday night & Saturday morning I managed to get some baking completed (see Whipped Shortbread Post from December 16). In addition to the shortbread, I also made Buckeyes (a peanut butter & chocolate concoction) & some gingerbread cookies. All of the presents are wrapped & bagged for transport to various Christmas gatherings & we have the first family Christmas successfully under our belt. Honey is home for the holidays now too, which helps immensely in the stress department! Almost time to sit back, sip a glass of eggnog & watch the lights on the tree sparkle. Merry Christmas Everyone!