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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Not Feelin' It....

I'm one step away from being Scroogy this year. I honestly don't know what my problem is. I am usually FANATIC about Christmastime. Tree up day after Thanksgiving, Decorations up the next day. Shopping done, wrapped, and mailed. Batch one of Cinnamon Bread made and eaten before December 5th. Batch 2 by December 10th. Batch three by December 15th.....etc, etc....

That's considered "Normal-Shelly...."

This year....I just realized that Christmas is 10 days away. Seriously. I looked at the calendar yesterday and said, "Whoa! Christmas is next week!!"

The tree went up about a week ago and I just finished the last bit 2 days ago. The Christmas decoration were unpacked (thanks to Elf #1), but were not placed anywhere in particular until the threat of the entire church youth group coming to my house last Sunday whipped me into action (I have some pride still...) 1st batch of bread made yesterday. Christmas shopping....well....let's not go there.....Remember the Friends episode where Chandler and Joey bought everyone presents at the last minute from the local gas station? Maybe my kids would appreciate a nice air freshener......

I cannot find the antidote. Christmas Story (bible version)? A Christmas Story (Movie)? Christmas Candy? Caroling? Lights? Decor? Gifts? Wrapping? Nothing has worked.....

I think this year I'll just smile and nod and wait for New Years.....

2 comments:

Cherise said...

When you find your antidote let me know - I'm right there with you... I can't seem to get it together, and am feeling overwhelmed with everything that has to be done before my in-laws show up!

renaekingsley said...

I've been told that the antidote is to cancel some of the activities that aren't 'really' necessary (think caroling, or gingerbread houses, or simplifying the holiday meal plans), focus on meaningful time with the family (even if it's something very easy, like cuddling and watching a Christmas movie with popcorn) and inviting the Spirit with great Christmas music and SERVICE. I think the last ingredient is the big key. That changes everything.