This year I will be ready for Christmas without all the stress of last year.
I had been at home for the past 25 years or so and have always gone all out for Christmas. We also do a Boxing Day (Dec. 26 for those who don’t know) open house for as many people as show up. Food is a main part of this day.
I had a lot of time to prepare, bake, decorate and shop. I started early and went full speed ahead with a smile on my face and heart.
I went back to work full time about 2 years ago and last year I was the first time I was completely strapped for time and energy for my Christmas preparations.
I didn’t prepare the kinds of foods that I normally would and although it is more about the friends and family who come by this was not okay with me. The guests always offer to bring food too but that is not what I want. Any other time of the year sure but Christmas is different.
I also didn’t finish decorating the house the way I usually do either.
NO. NO. NO. Not this year.
I have taken a week holiday from work starting on Monday so I can get things done. Many people would think I am crazy but it makes me happy to get ready for Christmas. I would rather do this than go away for a week. Really.
When I was a child Christmas was not a happy time since my mother had little money and we were often relying on the generosity of others for gifts. The food hamper was the only way we had a traditional turkey dinner.
It is important to me to have things in my home the way I want for Christmas. It is not that I want perfection. It isn’t about a spotless house because I assure you that will never happen. It is about setting the stage. It is about setting the tone, the feeling.
And this year I will have it back again. Now I have to get ready for my last day of work…… for now.