I had a conversation with a dear friend today that made me really think about how I enjoy the days leading up to Christmas. She was stressed. Her stress even had stress! So I thought I’d take the time to do a little PRATT-ICALLY SPEAKING about this ultra busy time of year! Let’s ratchet down the stress and craziness and ENJOY this once a year time!
I know what some of you are saying, I can almost hear you! I know you have tons of things still left to do. I know you have mountains of gifts to wrap and grocery carts of food to buy. Or… I know you are packing to go away and you have mountains of laundry.
Here’s what I am doing this week. I’m making a list of the things I have left to do for Christmas that are definite “musts”. Only the “musts”.
Like grocery shopping. And mailing the last of my Christmas cards out. And making that special sticky bun recipe to surprise Bobby on Christmas morning!
But things like organizing a closet or wrapping last-minute gifts to look blog or magazine-worthy are off my list! I don’t have time to be in the kitchen for anything but the most necessary meals and the sticky buns.
Off my list is making my famous pizzelles. Yes, we will all miss them this Christmas but to fit making them into my schedule would increase my already busy week. And who says New Year pizzelles don’t taste just as good.
Off my list is cleaning the clutter in my office and cleaning the garage. I can tackle my office early in the New Year. And my often cluttered garage is nothing new.
Off my list is making homemade gnocchi for Christmas dinner. I’m using frozen and it will be fine!
I would love a home that is completely organized and oh so pristine but my life is very hectic this time of year. So Christmas morning might find closets that have “stuff” in them and laundry that needs to be done.
I have choices to make. I can kill myself getting everything perfect (is it EVER really perfect) and be tired and grumpy and miss the magic and wonder and cheer of Christmas.
Or I can do what is reasonable and forget the rest. I’ll be much happier and less stressed and more welcoming on Christmas day! And I can really enjoy this special time of the year! And to tell the truth, no one will be the wiser!
I LOVE the days leading up to Christmas. The tree and the lights and the music and the holy feel this week has! Why should I rob myself of living every minute in the miracle of Christmas?
And why rob yourself?
I’m a great list maker.
Make a list of what you have to do today, tomorrow and Christmas Eve and take a ruthless look at it. Cross of absolutely everything that is not a must. And add a few things you love to do this time of year instead!
Cancel every appointment that is not crucial until after the New Year! The oil in my car can wait another week.
And if your “must list” is still a bit overwhelming give yourself the Christmas gift of help.
Find someone who can help you in a pinch.
Trade a friend for the help you need now and repay by helping when they need it. Ask your family to pitch in.
I promise you no one will know you didn’t clean under the bed or judge your messy office. So you shouldn’t either!
And so what if you tie a simple bow on a present. Isn’t it the thought that counts? Forget making those cookies and buy a cake instead.
Life and Christmas is way too short to be stressed and miss out on the beauty of one minute of Christmas.
Now, go ahead and start making a list and crossing things off. You will feel that stress melt away!
Relax, concentrating on the real meaning of Christmas (hint, it’s in the name), and don’t miss one second of these beautiful glorious magical days!
May this Christmas be filled with wonder and joy and those you love!