Its The Holiday Season…

There’s no Try it Tuesday today. Yeah, I know, I’m sad too. Why is there no Try It Tuesday? This is why:

Today has been a stressful, hectic, pull-your-hair-out-of-your-scalp kind of day. Between cutting my much-needed workout short due to a fussy baby (who subsequently screamed for 45 minutes straight no matter what I did) I also had to call some authors, work on some edits, and go grocery shopping so we could eat tonight.

leslie knope stressed

Sigh.

My dad stayed home to care for my mother as she had a kidney stone removed. He agreed to watch after both his “baby girls” while I went to the store so I could get a break.

After a whirlwind trip through Walmart (I seriously think I set some sort of record for how quickly I got everything) I stood in line. I perused the magazines—and stared, drooling at Adam Levigne’s People cover—and saw a headline from Women’s Day magazine:

29 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Stress-free holiday? What’s that?

Yeah, I don’t think that those words even belong in the same sentence.

It seems like since I turned 18, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s have progressively gotten more and more harried. It’s as though my muscles automatically tense up the day after Halloween. I start feeling pressure to get stuff done yesterday and an ulcer starts forming. I see Christmas decorations popping up left and right and I can feel the oncoming storm. Sometimes I think my personal holiday season inspired this song.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but we don’t just have one or two get-togethers for the holidays. This year, we have SEVEN functions—and that’s just for Christmas!

Last year, we had NINE. NINE!

And they always seem to take the same cycle. We plan them, I scurry about getting the Dirty Santa/Secret Santa/White Elephant gift, throw together a dessert, a side, or a main dish, get our outfits ironed and pressed, hurry out the door, get stuck in traffic on the way there, argue with Huff the Hubs over who should’ve drove, yell at the GPS for getting us lost, show up, put on a fake smile, make small talk, and I’m dreaming of a bubble bath with a glass of wine within the first 15 minutes.

I hate that.

I miss when the holidays were fun. Like when I was a kid and all I had to do was wear what my mom told me to and not drop anything on my new dress. I miss being able to just ride in the backseat, talking about what game we were going to play with the cousins first. I miss the absolute joy of decorating the Christmas tree with my family and seeing who was sneaky enough to get their “Baby’s 1st Christmas” ornament the highest on the tree (because whoever’s is the highest means they’re the best, obviously).

Now that I’m an adult, there are all these responsibilities and social protocols and things to buy and bake. It’s stressful. It wears me out. And, honestly, sometimes it just sucks.

So as I put my groceries on the belt at Wal-Mart and stared at the laughable 29 Tips For A Stress Free Holiday (one of which was: “consider carrying your wallet and ads in a zippered waist pack”; Sorry, I’m not Ted Mosby) I thought, “How can I make it not so stressful?”

And, really, the only tip I could think of was: hibernate til January.

What are your stay-sane tips for the holiday season? I could use some!

4 thoughts on “Its The Holiday Season…

  1. Now that you have a baby there’s always an out if you don’t want to do something. “The baby’s not feeling well tonight so we’ll have to stay home.” “I was gonna bring my world famous side dish, but the baby’s been fussy all day so we just picked up a veggie tray.” “We were going to stay longer, but it’s her bed time.” Babies=best excuse ever.

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I have been there. Going to all the different family Christmas’. We rushed like that for years and it was not fun and I was more tired and ready to get it over with than excited. It really isn’t just Christmas, it’s all of the holidays. I asked my mom to chose between Christmas Day and Christmas Eve then Thanksgiving or Easter. She said she’d rather us spend Christmas Day with her so we dedicate Christmas Eve to Tom’s family. We go to his family’s house on Thanksgiving and spend Easter with mine. Now that we have that plan, it is SO MUCH less stressful. We don’t rush around and can actually enjoy the family we’re with because we aren’t on a schedule to get to the next house. My kids have more fun too. I stressed over upsetting someone at first but when it came right down to it…everyone understood and were completely supportive! I recommend getting on some sort of alternating schedule soon….to save your sanity. Hope you get it all figured out. 🙂 Love ya!

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