The truth is, some of it won't get done. And it will be okay.
As much as I try to be realistic when December is upon us, as much as I try to limit what I plan to do, it's always too much. Always. I scale back, I adjust expectations, and - still - it's more than one mom possibly can handle.
Most of the items on my to do list are things I really want to. No, really. They are things like finding just the right gifts for my family, making cookies with the kids, decorating the trees in the yard with lights, reading holiday stories with the kids, writing cards, and so on. They are things that make me happy in the doing and sharing. But these, along with the regular demands of life, are suddenly too much, and cause the muscles in my shoulders and back of my neck to tense up. I have a permanent crick in my neck during December.
And so now, in mid-December, it's time to stop, regroup, and prioritize what is left on the to-do list. And to ask for help where I can. What else can you do to avoid Christmas meltdown?
1. What absolutely, positively must get done in the next 10 days
2. What would really make you happy to do in the same 10 days
Things that aren't absolutely necessary can get pushed off to be done around the new year.
By this evaluation, the two big to-do list items that must happen are finding the right gifts for my family and making cookies with the kids. Exterior house decoration, while nice, isn't as high on the priority list. Holiday cards, though...well, I figure better to send in late December or early January than not at all (and last year we received a card around Valentine's Day with a cute sticker on the back with various greetings crossed out until it showed the one most timely).
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