Yep, it’s the holidays! Or if you’re anything like me, it may be more appropriate to call it the holi-DAZE. I am so beyond busy that I can’t seem to keep things straight this time of year! I don’t know up from down or right from left. My day starts at 5:30 am and I don’t go to bed until after midnight! At 10 pm, you may find me wandering aimlessly around Target or frantically filling my cart with food at the grocery. At 9 am the next morning, I’ll be sitting at my desk looking over my shopping list or logging into my bank account to check my balance. I’m sick of shopping, sick of planning, sick of wrapping, and sick of baking. I don’t want to spend another dime. I’m not complaining really. I just want to stop the madness so I can relax and watch Christmas movies with my family! I just want to go back and experience Christmas how I remember it as a kid!
I wish I could say visions of sugarplums dance through my head but that would be a lie. Instead, if I’m being honest, it’s racing thoughts about all the shit I need to do that are stuck in my head. Oh, and all the stuff that pisses me off. Fa la la la la. Did I mail my friend’s mom a Christmas card yet? What did I say I would bring to the family gathering on Saturday? Who do I have left to buy for? Did I get that gift card I needed for so and so? When do I have time to deliver the teachers’ gifts? Why am I so tired? I wish I didn’t have to go to work today. I wish I had time to go for a run. I wish I hadn’t missed the Charlie Brown special. I wish I could just slow down and enjoy my favorite time of year.
When I was a kid, Christmastime seemed so magical. It was all about holiday music, colorful lights, quality family time full of laughter, yummy treats and yes, PRESENTS! I guess I was so wrapped up in the joy of Christmas as a kid that I barely noticed my mom, grandmas, and aunts running around like chickens with their heads cut off to make it all happen. I know it’s a few years late but thank you Mom. Thank you Aunt Mary. Thank you Gram. Thank you Aunt Kim. Thank you GG. Thank you moms everywhere for making the holidays special year in and year out. You ladies put Santa’s elves to shame!
Just as it does every year, December 25, 2014 will come and go, and I will abruptly pack up Christmas as I always do. New gifts will be put away. Decorations will be boxed up and stored. The holidays and the holi-daze will be fading memories as we begin the new year. I will feel relieved but also sad to see the season end. Despite all the hustle and bustle and stress and despite the late hours, I will always love the holiday season. I can still feel the Christmastime magic of my youth if I stop to take a breath. I see Christmas magic in my babies’ smiles. I can hear it in a stranger’s kind words. I can feel it in hugs from family and friends.
We are all kids at heart. Believe in the magic of the season because before too long, it will be over. It won’t be too long before our children will find themselves in a holi-daze struggling to find that Christmastime magic they remember.
It may not always seem magical to me, but try to tell this little guy that Christmastime isn’t the most wonderful time of the year!
Happy Holidaze to you and yours!
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