Is anyone else finding it hard to truly embrace the holiday spirit this year? It’s not that I am bah humbug or anything it’s just that I don’t have enough TIME to get all the things done related to the holidays that I need to. I feel totally stressed out!
Part of the problem is that I did not start my projects earlier. As a crafty girl with big aspirations of homemade gifts, it probably would have been wise to start back in September on many of the presents I planned on making. Now I have less than 13 days to get waaaaay too much done. Part of this procrastination has been plain old fashioned procrastination but a lot of it was due to monetary constraints and in the last 6 weeks, time. I am too damn busy for my own good.
I’d like to be relaxed, sipping cocoa and stringing popcorn for a Christmas tree garland while listening to Ella Fitzgerald sing “Let it Snow!” but instead I am racing home from work to write out Christmas cards, and try to work on 4 simultaneous craft projects for gifts. It doesn’t feel holly jolly good. And I hate that it doesn’t. Everything feels rushed and before I know it, it will be Christmas Eve and what will I have to show for it?
I really love the holiday season. I do! But this year I’m so exhausted from being overworked at my job (they need to clone me!) that the merriment is diminished. And while wishing I was more financially abundant isn’t going to make my checking account grow, I still wish I had more funds so I could get my loved ones what I want to get them. I know, in the end, it will all work out fine and everyone, including me, will be merry and cheery and bright (and maybe even drunk- ok maybe that’ll just be me). I just wish I had the time to feel that way NOW.
I guess I’ll go sing another Christmas carol on my way to work.
“Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer/had a very shiny nose./And if you ever saw him,/You would even say it glows./(Like a light bulb!)/All of the other reindeer/used to laugh and call him names./They never let poor Rudolph/Join in any reindeer games./(“Like Monopoly!”)…” -Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer