Omg! It’s the count down and Christmas is almost here. Next thing you know, it will be 2020. How are you handling the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? If you’re like me, you are feeling a little overwhelmed. Having fewer days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas has made the process of getting things done a little harder for me.

Even though I have taken a few things off my Christmas “to do” list, there’s still a ways to go. I still have shopping, decorating, gift wrapping, events to attend, and pulling together our family’s Christmas Eve open house (which is an all day affair) to do. And, in the middle of all that, I’m still doing what I normally do on a daily/weekly basis, including running, which now has grown to add a women’s group. Oh yeah, my husband and I are trying to get a couple of projects done around the house too. 

The other day, I was feeling the pressure of the holidays. I could feel the stress building in my body. I had to stop, pause, and breathe. I had to remind myself of all the happiness that comes with the holidays too. I’ll get to spend quality time with my family and friends. I’ll get to eat amazing food, drink amazing wine, and laugh a lot. It’s the time of year when I can reconnect with those I haven’t seen in a long while.

One of the things that I’m trying to do to help with the stress is to be realistic and try not to expect the “ideal” holiday. I have this version in my head of what the holidays should be like. It’s going to be what it’s going to be, and it’s usually pretty darn good! There’s never a perfect holiday and that’s okay. And yes, I know that everything will get done. It always does.

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