The presents have been opened. Everyone is happy with what they got this year. There are a few returns in my future. That means I have to brave the mall in the next few days to return and/or exchange items that were the wrong size or color. I don’t know if I am ready for that. Long lines and packed parking lots await me. I expect the next few days will be worse than before Christmas. I will need to remember my deep breathing and patience as I am waiting to return items. In any case, I will worry about that later. The stores are closed now anyway.
In a few minutes, we are off to my sister’s house to exchange presents with her family. My brother is on his way, too, with his family. My sister is making everyone breakfast this morning. We usually go over to my mom’s house for lunch. However, as I posted the other night, she is still in Los Angeles with my aunt. It seems that my aunt has taken a turn for the better. In fact, she may even be able to go home from the hospital today. I am thankful for that great news. We will celebrate with my mom when she comes home. That may be on New Year’s Day.
Anyway, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone who celebrates today a happy and merry Christmas. I hope all your Christmas wishes came true. Peace and joy to all of you.
I managed to get some Christmas shopping done today. However, most of it was on-line. I am so proud of myself! I accomplished almost everything I said I would. I managed to get my laundry done, and I made my cookies. I even put them in decorative bags. All I have to do now is hand them out to my coworkers. The only thing I did not get done were the Christmas cards. I have some time on that. I have everything ready to go. The cards, the envelopes, and the stamps. It’s just a matter of sitting down to do it all.
I am pretty much done with my shopping. Now I have to do the wrapping. I pretty much lock myself in the bedroom when I wrap presents. I don’t want the kids or my husband to see what they are getting for Christmas. It’s not too bad, but it takes me several hours to get all the wrapping done. My sister-in-law said I should have my daughters help me with it, but sometimes it’s hard with too many hands! My husband is pretty sweet about the whole thing. He always brings me a glass of wine while I am wrapping. He checks on me periodically to refill my wine glass and to take the presents I have already wrapped downstairs to place by the tree. I only wish there was a TV in my bedroom so I could wrap and watch at the same time. I will probably just play some Christmas music while I am wrapping. It keeps me entertained.
I am trying to remember to enjoy these moments. Even when the lady in front of me in the express line at the grocery store today had to have her items rung up a second time, I just tried to keep smiling and be patient. Fortunately, it was the express line. She only had 6 bags of hot dog buns to ring up. I guess they were on sale. Normally, this kind of thing would have made my blood pressure rise. Not today. Today I felt good. I felt lighter. Because of all I accomplished, and because I remained patient, I am giving myself a pat on the back! I deserve it! 🙂
This morning, I shared a poem with my students that pretty much explained how I feel at this time of the year. The poem is entitled, I Am Running in a Circle, by Jack Prelutsky.
I am running in a circle
and my feet are getting sore,
and my head is
as it’s never spun before,
Oh! I cannot bear much more,
I am trapped in a
. . . volving
. . . volving
. . . volving door!
The poem is funny because the person is trapped in the revolving door and is going around and around in circles. But, this poem also describes how I feel during this busy time of year. There is so much to do in so little time. This week alone I have two band concerts and a PTSA meeting to attend, a field trip to go on with my class, and a Saturday class for my administrative credential. I have yet to mail out my Christmas cards, and I am not finished with my Christmas shopping. Don’t remind me that I have to wrap these presents, too. Oh, and every year I make cookies for my friends at work. I don’t know when I am going to get to that. Sometimes I feel like a hamster running on a wheel. I am running all over the place and not getting anywhere.
My friend (and neighbor) gets her shopping done early. But, she shops for people all year long. One of these days I will get it together and manage to be organized. For now I will have to live with that dull pain in my neck and back due to stress. I guess I should just appreciate the moment. However, in all honesty, it will be a relief when the holidays are over. Then, I can get off the hamster wheel and relax.