The end of each year can be mind-boggling and stressful. Maybe, just maybe, we put the burden on ourselves of needing to be PERFECT? We excessively strive for perfection and stress ourselves beginning with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas and then New Year’s Eve.
December is the craziest month of the year. Holiday preparations, cleaning, sending Christmas cards, and making sure there is enough alcohol in the house for New Year’s Eve. Understandably, some folks don’t enjoy the holidays because they feel burned from all the shopping, cooking, present wrapping, and party planning.
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS! When I was younger, I did burn out, making sure I met the “status quo” each holiday season requires. This is not something I do anymore because family and friends matter more than any party or meal preparation.
I’ve learned how to ask for help – the holidays are for children and grownups alike. Yes, it may cause a couple headaches (or a nightmare) while preparing for it. However, it truly is a time that warms our hearts as we gather with family and friends. And, even the creatures outside – the dogs, cats, birds, squirrels, and well – bear.
A black bear walked by my office window. The mother-bear stood about 3 feet away from me with her two cubs. Slowly, she looked at me, snorted, and rambled on. (I thought she was going to give me the “paw”). She had two cubs with her that were standing on their hind legs (maybe 4 feet tall – still youngsters), literally playing “patty-cake” with each other. Just like a human sparing. ADORABLE!!
That is my Christmas gift from Mother Nature this year. Right now, December 13th, as I type this post, I am watching an 18 point buck, a doe, and her yearling directly outside the window. I see them almost every day.
Remember to take the time to enjoy the holidays. Pass love on to others, over-eat, giggle, and simply laugh at all the dishes in the sink as you sit on the couch, chilling out. You’ll get to the dishes – when you want to.
Oh, and please keep an eye out for the bear.
Happy Holiday’s Everyone.