First of all, WOW!! You guys totally blew me away with all the sweet comments you left about my pumpkinman. So, thank you!! I love hearing from all of you. It makes blogging so much more fun! And some of you even featured Frosty the Pumpkinman on your blogs! And you are awesome and I appreciate each one of you! Thank you bloggie friends!!
Soooo anyway, we’ve been getting in the Christmas spirit around here. And the good thing is that so far (fingers crossed!), I haven’t been super stressed out like I have in years past.
I don’t know about you guys, but around this time of year, there is always so much to do! There are the things I WANT to do and then there are things I feel like I HAVE to do. And between the two (the want-tos and the have-tos), it can become a never ending “TO DO” list of things that MUST be done before Christmas!
Does this look anything like your list?
And in an effort to get things done and checked off my monster TO-DO list, I find myself just rushing through everything. It becomes more about the ‘getting it done’ and less about the doing and enjoying. And then even the fun things become not so fun anymore. It’s all enough to make me feel overwhelmed and out of control!! Bah Humbug!!
And the worst part is that the true meaning of Christmas gets lost somewhere in all the hurry and the scurry of activities. And I lose my peace and joy.
So this year, I’m making a point to STRESS LESS and ENJOY MORE.
Some things I’m stressing less about:
I didn’t stress about giving perfect gifts this year. It’s not that I didn’t give it any thought or try to think of something each person would like, it’s just that I didn’t over analyze every gift purchase that I made or worry too much that my gift wasn’t exactly what that person wanted. With three young children, I don’t have time to go to a bazillion different stores searching for that one perfect gift for every person on my list. I’ve also realized that most people aren’t expecting me to make all their dreams come true with my one gift. Most people are just grateful that you thought about them enough to get them something. So, this year I just tried my best and got it done. Bing. Bang. Boom. Less stress.
(Pudgy thought I was a complete nutso when I was taking these pictures for you guys. haha!!)
I also didn’t stress about hanging lights up outside. A good friend mentioned that she just scatters strands of lights around her flower bed. It sounded wonderfully easy enough to me, so that’s what I did. The kids even helped and we all had fun. I love that people spend the time to hang up their lights and make their house fun and festive for the rest of us to enjoy, but this year is just not the year for us to cover our house in an array of lights. I’m learning that a big part of having less stress is realizing what is and what is not feasible for me to attempt at this time in my life. Is it really worth my time, energy, and attention? I’m learning to say “no” to the things that take away more than they add.
I also stressed less about the tree this year. For the second year in a row now, we don’t have a real tree or the mess that comes with a real tree. (Less stress!) The kids hung the ornaments. I rearranged them a little bit afterwards, but I didn’t stress over it looking perfect. Tyson helped me wrap presents this year. Do they look perfect? No. Was it less stressful and more enjoyable? After I got over the fact that they weren’t going to look perfect, Yes it was.
All this stressing less has left time for enjoying more.
Here are some things we have been enjoying….
Christmas at the Falls! We usually go to Zoolight Safari at the Birmingham zoo, but decided to try Noccalula Falls this year. And we weren’t disappointed at all. We were actually pretty impressed! There’s a train you can ride (for free!) around the gardens to see all the lights. It’s absolutely beautiful and the kids loved it!
Cuddling up and reading Christmas books
There is still more on my Christmas To-Do list (some things that CAN end up being quite stressful), but I am going to do my darndest to enjoy it and not stress over it. Wish me luck!
Does anyone have any more tips for stressing less over the holidays?