Am I busy getting ready for Christmas?
Well sure, I am. And this year I’ve had the added hectic but long-awaited tasks of promoting Black Ribbon Affair. However, several years ago, I took a bit of wisdom from my sister-in-law who’s spent most Decembers being over-committed and time-challenged.
What was her secret?
Celebrate the season, not the day and follow the idea of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Very smart woman, my sister-in-law.
Cards not sent out and at their destination by December 24th? No worry, if they arrive on January 2nd, the receiver will have more time to enjoy the card and its message.
Not all the baking or cooking done? So what! Eating a fresh batch of cookies on December 29th beats stale ones every time. And as for cooking? Who says we must have several meals? And what’s wrong with leftovers of the Christmas ham? Fortunately, our family loves hearty pea soup with fresh bread on January 1st.
Anyway, you get the idea.
Santa's Getting Ready for the kiddies
Oh, it’s gift shopping and wrapping you’re most stressed about? Well, even here, if you wait until a few days after Christmas you may fight fewer crowds. Or if your shopping is done but you’re not seeing the giftees until after the 24th or 25th, wrap away a few hours before you see them.
The kids may need you to meet a deadline if you are helping Santa, but if you have arrived at the wise stage of life, you enjoy quality time spent with loved ones, time to reflect on holidays past, spent with those no longer walking the earth, and the less stressful tempo of knowing all you want to do and enjoy can be spread out over twelve days.
So folks, start celebrating on December 24th, but don’t have it end on the 25th. Follow through. Spread the celebration until January 6th.
This year one of our local police departments did a video about this philosophy, sort of. It’s humorous but will never win any awards, except for spreading good will.
And I leave you with that thought. When next I post, the big holiday will be finished, kaput, out-of-sight, except maybe for the shredded ribbons and wrapping.
But not at our house. We’ll still have a few presents under the tree. 🙂
What do you think of my ‘borrowed’ philosophy?