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Avoiding the seasonal hustle and bustle
December 2, 2010 - Linda Lobeck
I'm thankful that my decorating for Christmas has been completed. Now I can sit back to enjoy the lights and colors of the season and not feel that frantic scrambling to get things done. I start urging my husband to get the outside lights up by hunting season so he won't be stuck putting them up in below zero temperatures. Nothing dampens the spirit of Christmas than people being grouchy. But as usual, he waits until after Thanksgiving. This year, he lucked out because there was a small window of nicer weather to take care of the lights before it got cold again. Nothing puts me in good spirits this time of year than being able to drive around at night and take in all the nicely decorated homes. The inside and outside decorating gives warmth to my home no matter how cold it gets. I actually have gotten a good start on shopping this year too. These are things I enjoy doing like writing out Christmas cards and baking cookies. But if all those activities stress you out and make you feel like a Grinch, don't do them. There's nothing written that requires you to feel so frantic that you dread Christmas. Take a few of the traditions you enjoy most and just do them. Sometimes all the preparation gets in the way of remembering why we celebrate Christmas. Take in a Christmas concert at a local church, enjoy the annual Christmas Walk in Iron Mountain tonight, or wait to see the Live Christmas nativity. Do the things that bring the most meaning to the season for you. Nowhere is it written that you must hustle and bustle yourself silly. I look forward to the quiet of just listening to Christmas music or watching a favorite Christmas movie with just the lights of the Christmas tree on. Sitting back to enjoy a cup of tea or cocoa is very relaxing and a way to wind down at the end of a busy day. It makes me feel at peace and isn't that what we should be focusing on when we think of Christmas?
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