Am I the only person who was shocked to realize this week that Christmas is only three weeks away? How does this happen?
What is so interesting is that Christmas falls on the same day every year. It’s not one of those willy-nilly holidays that changes depending on some outside factor. Every year, Christmas is December 25. How is it that on December 1st every year, I lose it just a little bit? With little more than three weeks to go, I begin to jot down all the presents I still need to buy, the supplies I need to wrap said presents, and the food items I will need to purchase for our Christmas dinner.
Then, of course, there are the activities my children and I want to take part in. There is the Festival of Lights to see, the ABC Family 25 days of Christmas, the lighting of the Rockefeller center Christmas tree, and a hole host of parties to make appearances at.
It seems as though each year, I try to cram in more and more activities into this month. It’s gotten so stressful that I’ve resorted to eliminating anything from my plate that I can. Last year, I simply posted a “Merry Christmas” message on Facebook in lieu of sending out Christmas cards. (Yes, I really did that.) Of course, immediately after posting my “Christmas card” to Facebook, I received one of those Christmas letters in the mail. You know…THOSE letters. The ones detailing each member of the family’s accomplishments throughout the year. The letter that I never seem to have time to complete. Not that I could remember the entire year anyways.
Seriously, I just can’t keep up with all of it. So this year, I’m vowing to be stress free. I will not fall victim to the Christmas card and all that’s involved with dressing up my children so they look like little angels. I will not battle the crowds at the mall; this year, I vow to make most of my purchases on-line. I vow to not go into debt to give my children every single item on their list only to have it wind up in the goodwill pile in three months. I vow that this year will be the best year, filled with laughter and the things that really matter.
Quality time together.
Donna Small is the author of two novels; Just Between Friends and A Ripple in the Water. She lives in Clemmons where she is at work on her next novel.