My feet have been dragging!
I've been having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit.
The problem is that it is all too much!
Do you ever feel that way?
Decorations Sorted and Ready to Pack Last January
Time is getting shorter as the 25th rushes at me ~
but my To Do list gets longer as I procrastinate.
I'm feeling overwhelmed and a little resentful.
I have a bad case of the Christmas Blues.
"Get Rid of the Have-tos and Should-dos," proclaims Dr. Phil
in the November issue of The Oprah Magazine.
So I'm drinking coffee and contemplating my Want-Tos.
What do I really want to do this holiday season,
and what can I let go of?
Decorations Waiting to Be Unpacked This December
Christmas is all about tradition ~
and like most families,
my extended family has many
wonderful Christmas traditions.
But how do I distill all the wonderful,
but overwhelming traditions
into the essence of Christmas ~
an essence I can relax into and enjoy?
For the past several years,
I have had a singular Christmas tradition.
I look long and hard at a photo
my niece Lisa took in Peru in 2009.
Peruvian Child, 2009
That photo pierced my heart the first time I saw it.
No child should look
It still pierces my heart.
That 2009 Christmas
I stopped giving presents to my extended family,
and I began to make a donation to charity
in their names instead.
In 2009 Terry and I gave a knitting basket
of a llama, an alpaca, a sheep, and an Angora rabbit
to provide a family with milk, warmth, and income.
My family embraced this gift whole-heartedly.
Continuing with our relatively new tradition,
this year Terry and I donated a heifer
in the name of our extended family.
But I'm still feeling dissatisfied and harried.
So aside from the spiritual meaning of Christmas,
what else does this holiday stand for?
I'm thinking love and gratitude.
What does it mean to you?
I think the answer to my Christmas Blues
lies in simplifying what I do during the holiday season.
because when it comes right down to it,
I just want to relax and enjoy
being with Terry, our family, and friends.
I absolutely don't want to be stressed!
Decorations Waiting to Be Packed Last January
So I'm going to cut that myriad of traditions
down to a meaningful, manageable size!
I'm not sure yet what that means,
but I'm going to start with trimming down
that ridiculous pile of decorations!
And I'm going to focus on gratitude
for all that I have been blessed with,
starting with the Ever~Patient Terry
who is the best possible husband
in the whole wide world for me.
My Hawaiian E~P
And what am I grateful for
on this cold, clear morning in Colorado?
I am grateful to be warm.
Baby, it is cold outside!
And I am really grateful for the men
who hand-shoveled our driveway
in the cold, dark subzero last night.
Now I haven't lost my baby,
haven't made him say goodbye;
but the music in this lovely winter song
sounds like I feel today.
Source: You Tube ~ sarahmclachlanVEVO
I am so open to suggestions for banishing the Christmas Blues!