Go With The Crazy!
Wait–before you start thinking that I am about to outline a tactical plan on how to commandeer strategic “Black Friday” shopping…let me explain the reasoning behind the title of this journal entry!
I have actually never braved the crowds on the day after Thanksgiving to do any Christmas bargain shopping, but that’s not to say that I don’t get feeling a little crazed with my holiday “to do” list sometimes.
As much as I love celebrating the Christmas season, sometimes all the added responsibilities that come with this time of year, can be a little overwhelming. That’s why I’m grateful for a bit of sage advice my husband gave me one year when I was feeling particularly frantic–“Mary,” he told me, “it’s always a little crazy during the holidays with everything that’s going on, let’s simplify where we can, but otherwise, just go with it!”
Go With The Crazy And Still Enjoy The Christmas Season!
♦ There’s nothing more fun than finding the perfect gift for the loved ones in our lives, but it can prove to be a daunting task.
Your shopping may get less stressful if you take the unique approach my fun friend, Hayley, takes–she simply asks family members and friends to give her a few suggestions for something they need, something they want, something to wear, and something to read. This way, when you do go shopping at the busy stores, you’ve got a few specific things in mind and you won’t have to wander around aimlessly. This would obviously apply to cyber shopping too. I love this so much!
♦ I love planning parties and fun gatherings with family members and friends during the holidays, but let’s be honest, it can also add stress to an already busy time of year.
My parents had great Christmas parties and people looked forward to them every year. My mom was happy to let others help with the refreshments and she didn’t hesitate to recruit her kids to pitch in and help too. Our house was warm and inviting, but without too much fuss. Their main focus was always on the people who attended.
♦ As you embrace the crazy, busy Christmas season, some of the best holiday memories are created.
Since my children are all grown now, I have the advantage of being able to look back and realize that although at times it might have been a little hectic during the holidays, the things we did together as a family, from picking out a special ornament to hang on our tree each year, to the holiday crafts and cooking, were not in vain, and are in fact, some of the things they cherish the most about this time of year and has helped set the foundation for some of the traditions they’re now doing with their own families.
As another Christmas season is upon us now, it is inevitable that we’ll find ourselves rushing about on occasion. I hope we can embrace all the crazy good things about this wonderful time of year.
What are some of your most cherished holiday memories?