Thanksgiving has passed, the turkey’s put away, and the last of the pie is gone.
I bought my first Christmas present yesterday and, for some reason, that felt like a milestone. I’ve never started gift shopping so ~gasp~ late.
The only person that I have to ship to is Mom; with her in Canada and me here in MI, I need to “get it in gear” or her package won’t arrive on time. That’s what yesterday’s gift was all about and it was done … online. *Smile*
This year has been a whirlwind and I am in the center of it. Yep, somehow, the Holidays snuck up on me.
Was it because Thanksgiving came early here in the U.S. (always the 3rd Thursday of the month, this year it “fell” sooner than later)?
Was it because I’m working two jobs and balancing that workload with the strains of oldest boy’s divorce, Mom’s health challenges, and our youngest boy’s transition to college?
Was it because we stopped hosting the fun-filled Family Christmas party? Was doing that party what kept me organized and ahead of task, all these years?
Thinking about the Holiday and all the stress I’ve piled on myself in years past, I realized just how wonderful this Thanksgiving was. It was calm, it was quiet, it was fun. I wasn’t rushed, stressed or over-tired. We had delicious food, enjoyable company and the energy to play games afterwards.
That’s what I want for Christmas, I’ve decided.
I told the boys yesterday that this is the year the Christmas of their childhood..grows up. This year, they’re getting a few things they need and some money. This year, I’m not standing in line for anyone. This year, the cash they get can buy their wants .. or a tank of gas. This year, we will have the grand kids I’m sure, but likely not on Christmas day, and that’s OK with me. Whenever we have them will be relaxed, cozy and fun.
This year, I’m giving myself permission to let Christmas not be what it always was.
How about you? Anything about the Holidays that you want to shake up?