Yesterday I needed a little attitude check. (Do you ever give yourself one of those?)
The way I was feeling was, “How am I supposed to do all of these Christmas-y things I want to do, when I can barely make it through a regular day?” Seriously, I give myself a high-five just for going to the grocery store with two kids. I immediately determined that a couple of people would be receiving gifts that were less time-intensive than what I originally planned.
Even after I removed some projects from my list, I still had no idea where I might find the time to do the other things. Tension started creeping in. Stress started robbing me of joy.
But then I remembered.
All of these Christmas things are optional. They are self-imposed, and I am doing them because I want to. If I can’t be happy about them, then I’m not going to do them. So I either need to cheer up or go back to normal days.
I decided to cheer up. (And surprisingly, my refreshed attitude helped me get moving.)
The days before Christmas are not about working under pressure, seeing how much you can wrap, deck, and bake, and then unveiling it all with a big “TA-DAA!” on Christmas Eve. It’s not a performance. Those Christmas preparations are part of the celebration, so enjoy them while you can. And let’s not get so wrapped up in the party planning that we forget who it’s for.