The season of stress, over-eating and liberal libations! Every year I tell myself I’m going to chill out and just enjoy the reason for the season. Every year I tell myself, I’m going to get all of my shopping out of the way before Thanksgiving, and every year I tell my husband, “NO! No Christmas party this year!”
This year, like every year, I am not chillin’. I have not purchased one gift, and we are throwing not one but two Christmas parties plus I’m hosting Bunko and a dinner party!! How did that happen? When did I allow my boundaries to be trampled?
Sigh. Since I don’t have a deadline staring me in the face, that’s how. Oh, I have deadlines, but no contracted book that has to be in the day before Christmas. No copy edits due Christmas Eve (those were due the week of Thanksgiving) and no galley pages due on New Year’s Day.
It’s the first time in six years that I haven’t had a deadline during the holidays. And it feels freakin’ wonderful! I may not be chillin’ because of all of the events on my calendar, but I am having fun. I’m not even worrying about Christmas shopping this year. My kids are overindulged as it is, and frankly, I feel no need to go out and indulge them more. My granddaughter? Hell, yes, she’s two and deserves the world! But my four kids and their spouses/significant others? Forgetaboutit. I told them I just wasn’t going to do it this year. And they were all very ok with it. I think it’s because they know how extra special this Christmas is going to be. My youngest son is deploying to Afghanistan in April for a year. But he’ll be home for Christmas! Ten wonderful days! He’ll even be here for his 23rd birthday. I’m thrilled to death but trying not to think that this will be the last Christmas for a while when all of my kids will be home.
I think the deadline fairies were working overtime to make sure I didn’t have a deadline this holiday season. They knew I’d want the time to spend with my son. They knew his siblings and niece would want the extra special time with him this Christmas. It’s funny how things work out. This year has been one of crazy highs and crash-and-burn lows, but at the end of it, I will be with the people who matter the most to me. I can’t think of better happily-ever-after for 2011.
How about you? Do you go crazy stressing during this time of year or are you zen?
I’ll give away a signed copy of Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa to one commenter - just in time for the holidays ;0)