The holiday season always, ALWAYS stresses me out. I get depressed, grumpy and overwhelmed. It makes me sad, because I really do LOVE the season, the smells, the sentiments and the giving. I love everything related to Christmas, but every year I get down emotionally.
So now, this year, actually in the last 24 hours, I've decided to make some changes. Most of you know that every year I send out handmade Christmas cards, with a family letter and picture. Every year I spend at least 20-30 hours designing and making the cards. That doesn't include the letter, picture or addressing the envelopes. Since I've been so busy this year I haven't even started any of that process. So....I'm not doing it this year. I'll still send out cards, but it will be a photo card that will take me an hour or two to make the 80 that I usually send out. There's one load off my shoulders.
I'm also changing the family letter. I'm not going to do the traditional format. I haven't quite decided what the new format will be, but it will be quick and easy to do. No more worrying about the grammar, spelling, etc. In all honesty, it may just be a list of things from our year.
Now....what will I do with all this extra spare time that I have? Well, first of all, I'll sleep. WA-HOO! I love sleep and it hasn't been around much lately, so I'm going to reacquaint myself with it. THEN....I'll actually be able to enjoy my children's wonder of the season, rather then stressing about what else I need to get done this year before the holiday gets here. I'll be able to bake and decorate cookies, take them shopping for each other and their dad, and continue our family traditions while being fully present rather then thinking of something else. I'm also going to spend some time with my rarely seen husband....doing goofy things like playing Guitar Hero or kicking his butt at Wii Boxing.
This year I'm slowing down rather then speeding up. I'm going to hold my family close and really enJOY the season.