I don’t know about you, but every year, Christmas tends to creep up on me. Not in an unwelcome stalker way or anything, but in an, “OHMYGOSH I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE TOMORROW!”
I don’t know why this always happens. I feel like I’m always preparing for it and it’s not like no one’s told me that it’s coming up. I’ve been listening to Christmas music since November (sometimes it’s as early as September…oops), there’s a foot of snow on the ground, every ad is about Christmas and I’ve been baking Christmas cookies, buying gifts, etc. since Thanksgiving ended. So, no, the fact that Christmas starts tomorrow should not surprise me or anyone else. And yet, it still does.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="672"] My raging Christmas tree[/caption]
I know I’m not the only one who has this experience.
This surprise tends to leave a string of thoughts that go somewhere along these lines: I have so much to do before tomorrow! What am I going to wear? Should my hair be up or down? Should I wear real shoes or heels? I don’t have all my presents bought yet! Oh no, I have to see crazy relative tomorrow. What is going to be my clever answer this year when people ask me why I’m STILL single? What if I randomly get the stomach flu and then I can’t eat any food, but I still would anyways because it’s so worth it, what if---OHMAHGOODNESS!
Okay, maybe it’s not that crazy; I was blowing my stream of consciousness a little bit out of proportion there. Here’s the point I was trying to make, every year Christmas is met with craziness and with freaking out.
That is not good. Obviously, Charlie Brown didn’t teach us that the true meaning of Christmas is to freak out and stress eat. And yes, this is beyond cliché, but it’s important to stop all this franticness and really take a moment to savor what Christmas is truly about.
It’s easy to worry and not to stop and take in the warm moment that Christmas is. Because just like it came out of the blue, Christmas is going to be over before we know it.
Take a few days and just let yourself relax. Take the time to really cherish and hold dear your time with family, because although they may be crazy, they’re your crazy relatives that you love. Take the time to be thankful for everything that you have this holiday season from the food to the gifts we give and receive both tangible and intangible. Be love this Christmas.
Merry Christmas, beautiful readers!
(and if you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you still have a joyous next few days)