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Knocking Back Stress (aka Resisting the Urge)

I'm trying really hard not to feel like I'm running behind!  In the last few days, I have learned that both my daughter, Bonnie, and my mother have put up their Christmas trees and started decking their halls! 

Then I go online and browse through my favorite blogs and see a Winter~Wonderland~Holiday~Bonanza going on out there! 

Oh, my....OH, MY!!!  The temptation, the urge, the feeling of obligation to keep up is pounding at my door!

However, I am truly resisting the urge to start dragging out boxes and crates.  It's an undertaking that simply takes more than one day to accomplish.  I haven't had a day yet to devote......

And perhaps that is a good thing! 

I have decided to view it this way ~

It is too early to decorate for Christmas and Life's pace has reminded me of this.  Next week, after taking the time to stop for a day and give Thanks in an appropriate manner, I will have the rest of a long weekend to prepare our home for Christmas.  This is the way it will be.  This is the way it is working out.  And I accept that.  

So, until next Friday, I am putting self-imposed guilt and stress on hold, refusing them entry into my flow.  While many will venture out in the dark hours of early morning that day, I will sleep in for just a bit.  Then I will get up and have a nice cup of coffee with pumpkin spice creamer in it.  I will dress in comfy sweats and put on Christmas music.  Finally, I will take my time and decorate with holiday cheer until my heart is content. 

Until then, I will just have to settle for reflecting on some of my images of Christmas (and the related decor) Past.......


And feel at peace with the way this will fall into place.

Blessings to you on this chilly evening ~



  1. I'm like you, it is too early to decorate for Christmas. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your lovely family!

  2. I am with you 100%. I have been tempted, but it is always our tradition to do it after Thanksgiving and I am sticking to my guns! We are going to family's for Thanksgiving so we won't be home, but I will start that week! I just feel like poor Thanksgiving gets the short end of the stick! I think keeping Christmas during that time too makes it extra special. You know it is for a short time so you soak it all up and enjoy it. If it were up for 2 months, I think some of the magic may fade. Maybe not, but I am not taking the chance!!! My SIL just texted me today and asked me if I wanted to do this Black Friday Christmas shopping thing. I said I would, but ugh... why would I want to get up that early when most of my shopping is done?!?

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all your family!!!


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