Well, there’s no denying it – I’m stressed. Not Christmas related stress – I don’t believe in engaging in Christmas related stress. I don’t care how many presents I have to wrap or cookies I have to bake or pounds of turkey I have to defrost in a minimal amount of time – I will not let holiday festivities turn me into a bundle of nerves. However, tomorrow is filled with consecutive stressful activities that I want to have go well and that makes me stressed. Not to mention, I have a tickle in my throat which keeps warning me that I have been pushing myself too hard and if I don’t slow the heck down and rest up, I’m going to wind up sick on the big two-five – which would be absolutely disastrous. So yes, my friends, things could be going better.
However, knowing that once I make it through tomorrow I will be surrounding by my loving family is quite the relief inspirer. And so to take my mind off tomorrow’s stress I am going to continue my weekly countdown by being a complete hypocrite and contradict everything I said last week about presents not mattering. Haha I’m kidding…mostly. Because today’s great thing about Christmas is…
Still present related but in a very different realm than the getting of presents, I think. It’s funny because I can still remember when I was little asking my mom or dad what they wanted for Christmas and having them reply “It really doesn’t matter, I just like watching you and your sisters open your gifts”. To which I promptly thought – “Ha! I don’t buy it for a second!” But I will concede now and admit that perhaps my parents weren’t in fact lying as I once thought. Because it really does seem that the further I get from the days of Barbie Dreamhouses and Magic Kits, the less getting presents matters to me – and the more that giving presents starts to take precedence.
I literally dream about what my family member or friend will exclaim when they open the gift that I selected just for them and I do a little seal clap when I finally come up with the perfect present for that really hard-to-buy-for person. The visa bill slowly starts to stack up and the cash keeps flying out of my wallet but that’s okay because I know what will come of it is waaaaay more important.
So getting presents may not matter to me anymore in my wisdomous older years (I refer to myself as old since I was called “mam” twice at work today and can therefore only assume I have crossed the threshold into spinsterdom…I’m not bitter) – but giving presents sure still does. So get excited family and friends reading this because I’ve picked some real winners this year! And I hope anyone else reading this is equally excited for gift giving this season because it’s just 10 days away!!!