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Need a Break from All the Ho Ho Ho?

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Holidays got you down?  How do you respond to frustration & exhaustion?

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.  I myself prefer to laugh since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

’Tis the season for last minute EVERYTHING! There’s too much to do and a finite end-date for having those EVERYTHINGs done.  I remember the year I got to January 1st and realized I hadn’t prepared and sent the Christmas cards.  Oh well.  I haven’t sent out Christmas cards since.  One less chore to do.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy OP’s – Other People’s holiday greetings – so keep those cards and letters coming folks! And I’ll do my best to stay in touch both here at and however else our paths might cross.

And, while I’m not encouraging you to cease and desist on those traditions that you treasure, I do think we could all do with a time-out.

  • Time to reassess what’s left on the list to decide what’s “nice-to-have” but not requisite for a good holiday celebration.
  • Time to think deeply even if only momentarily about your core values and then act accordingly.
  • Time to take a break and relax a little!

Lighten Your Load

And time to remember – there are people in your life who could help if only you ask and are willing to give up a little bit of control to them.  My grandson and nephew are now master outdoor Christmas decorators – they made fine work of a chore I wouldn’t have done by myself… I plan to take my grandson shopping for his gifts to others; it gives his parents a break, puts the responsibility and joy of finding just the right gift on his young shoulders (and tests his ingenuity since he shops with his own-earned-money – we both love the 99 Cents Store!) and it’s fun for me.  I have the time, he has the dough… a shopping we will go!

And, if you have some friends who like to bake, it’s not too late to organize a cookie exchange – I’ll bake twice as many of my favorite Pecan Sandies if you’ll bake twice as many of your Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – and then we’ll swap and each of us will have two kinds of cookies to give and serve instead of just one.  (Or, perhaps a more practical solution – how about I pick up an extra package of those delish’ chocolate chip cookies for you while I’m at Costco?)

My neighbor’s child is a great gift wrapper, another would be happy to walk your dog for free – she likes dogs and doesn’t have one… So, think about how teaming up with others could lighten your load and create some fun for all of you… and then make it so.

Laugh or Cry?

If all this holiday hustle and bustle is pushing you to the edge and you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, I say: let’s laugh!  If nothing else, it’s not as likely to ruin your make up!  During the last week I’ve seen some fun emails.

One that’s going ’round depicts Santa hanging onto the house eaves by his fingertips with a ladder falling away from a rooftop – rumor has it that the homeowner took it down at the request of the local fire department – they were getting too many calls to rescue Santa!  Good for a laugh.

But here’s an even better one – SMIRK  – from comedian Daniel Tosh’s blog post Get in the Holiday Spirit.  He writes:

As a kid, my parents used to drive us around to look at all the Christmas light decorations.  We never saw anything like this, which is unfortunate, because those drives were the most boring part of the holiday season.  Something like this display would have really spiced things up.

Yeah, I wonder how the neighbors feel about it, but ya gotta laugh!  As you navigate this last-minute holiday sprint, remember these good words:

A good laugh is sunshine in the house.

— William Makepeace Thackeray

Give yourself a break today, put your feet up, have a glass of wine, (And perhaps a short whine?) a bit of cheese and crackers (my Mom used to say “Jeez and crackers, Got all muddy.”  Ah those were simpler times!) – because, you deserve a break and, [amazon-product text=”it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” type=”text”]1933027622[/amazon-product]!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Holidays got you down?  How do you respond to frustration & exhaustion?

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