Blogmas Day 8
Lately, I've been encountering quite a few people feeling stressed out and overwhelmed by the holiday season. Instead of being overjoyed about visting with family, there is stress about decorating the house perfectly. Instead of basking in the goodwill and charity of the season, there is pressure to buy everyone expensive gifts. Maybe we're all a little too hopped up on sugar from those Christmas cookies, but I think it's safe to say that we need to relax and cut ourselves a bit of slack.
Whether you're stressing about getting everything done in time or feeling financially burdened, take a step back and remember what this season is supposed to be about. The pressure and the stress, that needs to stop right now. And the only way to do that is to permanently cross some things off that to-do list. Because when it comes down to it, we are the ones putting pressure on ourselves. Just this past weekend, I had planned on making a festive holiday dinner. I was even going to make a new dessert from scratch. Then I realized that I was spending way to much time looking for recipes and stressing about finding exotic ingredients. At the end of the day, I ditched the plan entirely. We ordered a pizza for dinner and ate store bought cookies for dessert. Gasp! But, you know what, it was freaking delicious! More importantly, it freed up a lot of my time and took a bit of the pressure off. Will I ever get around to making that fancy dinner? maybe…maybe not. But I'm certainly not going to stress about it anymore. And I'm not going to let it take away from the important things.
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