So, we have decorated a bit here at the House of Peevish, WAAAAY ahead of the normal Dec. 2 start date I usually observe. And I have found this is posing a bit of a problem.
Because now that the tree is up, and things are looking festive-ish around here, I find that I am fighting the urge to Be On Holiday.
It’s hard, when surrounded by the Christmas things that we normally are putting up rather late in December, and the baking that makes the house smell good, and the Christmas movies on the telly… it’s hard to keep my mind from getting into the mindset of relaxing and being on holiday as I would normally. All the signs are pointing to the holidays, so my subconscious is pushing for me to sit down, relax, pick up some knitting, have some Bailey’s…In my mind I imagine sitting with my warm beverage with Bailey’s, a cat on my lap, my knitting, something festive playing, looking out at the cold and snow.
Only it’s not time yet. It’s nowhere even CLOSE to time yet. And OMG ARE YOU CRAZY THERE IS NO SNOW YET SNOW IS BAD VERY VERY BAD YOU MENTAL DEFECTIVE WOMAN, YOU.
There is still so much to do. I have a few more presents to buy. I have to do all my baking. I have to buy everything for the holiday meals we plan to have. I have to make plans to have friends to visit, and what to feed them. I have to send out cards. There is still SO MUCH TO DO.
But it is still November, so it’s not like there isn’t time. So these things should, in most years, be the very LEAST of my problems. And, let us not forget… Real Life is still happening! There are appointments and school days and swimming and work and a billion other normal, everyday life things that have to get done. And yet, I feel compelled to relax and put my feet up and enjoy the holidays.
HOLIDAYS THAT BY THE FRIGGING WAY ARE NOT HAPPENING YET OMG ARE YOU INSANE.
So, I am kind of undecided as to whether this whole getting-ready-well-in-advance deal is a good thing or a bad thing. Because, yes, we will be prepared and have lots of time, when Christmas actually rolls around, to enjoy our time together without any last-minute stress and hustle and bustle. But by the same token, not only am I annoyingly distracted and diverted by having things looking so festive so far in advance, but also, I wonder… am I going to be bored of the holidays before they actually come along? With I be burned out on festive music and movies and such by that time?
I hope not.
I think the trick will be to keep myself busy during the run up to Christmas too — but with plans to do FUN things. Visit Santa. Go out for walks or drives to see the houses all decorated with lights. Go out for walks in the woods when/if the snow begins to fall. Take advantage of tree lighting ceremonies and pancake breakfasts and carol singing. That is, IF the opportunities present themselves, and we are sufficiently prepared and find we have the time and inclination to go. I know people who try to DO ALL THE HOLIDAY THINGS! and over-schedule and overcompensate to a ridiculous degree. I don’t want to go to the other extreme, either.
Or perhaps, I will just give in to my urge to sit and relax and knit then. It’s hard to say.
Either way, it’s certainly a change for us for the holiday season. Change is good, but it does take some adjustment. As will the tree, no doubt, after a month of kid and cats tugging and climbing and jingling and futzing with it.