The first Christmas card has arrived in the mail today. I knew it was coming soon. Some people are so organized they are ready to drop them in the mail the day after Thanksgiving. (showoffs!) I aspire to be so organized, but have not managed this feat yet. I do have the photo cards printed out, so 2 of the 10 steps to getting my cards in the mail are done, at least.
The arrival of the card triggered the mounting anxiety I always feel this time of year (shall we call it a theme? does that sound better than "I repeat myself every year"?), so I am trying to find ways to enjoy the holidays more and stress less.
I realized part of the issue is that that are dozens of tasks to be completed before the new year, and the Type A in me wants them all to be DONE NOW. Since some of them can't even be started until after Christmas (like cleaning for the New Year's Eve party), I need to live with these "to-do" items.
I realized a project schedule would be a big help. If I can see that things will get done, even if not right this second, and I am not behind on anything, then maybe I will be able to let go. This year has the bonus of an extra weekend after Thanksgiving, before December actually begins, so I have another whole week! Barley's birthday party is out of the way, and it's not even December yet!
I am also delegating, having assigned the Christmas cookie exchange to DH, and hired out the housecleaning for the party. That helps.
This weekend: Cards out, Tree in
Next weekend: Outside lights on
The weekend after that: Indoor decor done
If we manage that, then I may be able to start relaxing a little by December 17th, and firmly set aside New Year's Eve party worries until Dec. 26. That would be 9 whole days of enjoying the holiday--wow, that would be great!
I feel like I am forgetting something though...oh, right, oldest son's birthday after Christmas, before New Year's, must be planned...dang! OK, just pass the chocolate now, will you?
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