As the holiday season gets into full swing this year, I can think of only one word to sum up my feelings - HELP!
I am so far behind in my preparations. At the risk of sounding like Scrooge McBear, instead of decking the halls, I feel like crawling into a cave and snoozing the season away.
I am reminded, though, that many holiday expectations are self-imposed, and some are unnecessary, let alone unrealistic. For years, I have said that keeping things simple at the holidays will help me keep my sanity. Some years have required more simplicity than others. The year I was pregnant, for example, I didn't even put up a tree!
The definition of "simple" is different for each person, of course. My biggest issue is accepting my limitations and not comparing myself to others.
I am a great one for making lists - to do, to buy, to clean, to bake. If it's not written down, it doesn't get done. But I think what I need to do right now is create a master list itemizing what I value most, not just for the holidays but in life in general. One list to rule them all! Once I identify what's most important to me, everything else will fall into place.
Wishing you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy Hanukkah!