Monday, December 2, 2013

Turning STRESS into THANKS: Holiday Edition

Okay, do you feel that holiday chaos setting in? After the week I had last week and a Thanksgiving weekend with family that flew by faster than a little kid eats a cupcake, I'm starting to feel it. It's that feeling where you feel like 168 hours in a week is not possibly enough time to wrap presents, trim the tree, do holiday baking, eat the treats you just made, and work a full-time job at the same time! {If you have sent me an e-mail in the last week regarding anything, I am not ignoring you! Hang in there with me while I get caught up on my life please.} A tiny little part of me was thinking that just maybe when we got home on Sunday night there would actually be food in our fridge, clean clothes to wear the next day, and a one-bedroom apartment that overall did not look like a messy, used hotel room. Miracles happen, but apparently not those kinds of miracles... 

I love love love Christmas and basically the entire time period from Black Friday - January 2nd. But sometimes I catch myself getting stressed about all the holiday to-dos, rather than just enjoying them. Shopping for other people is fun. Baking is fun. Decorating I love. So I need to focus on that side of it, and not the to-do list side of it. 

Yes, there is only one night this week that we can decorate our tree because it's the only night that Parker doesn't have hockey. | But I'm so thankful to have an apartment and a Christmas tree that will be full of ornaments.

Yes, our apartment really needs to be cleaned before any decorating can commence. | But I'm so thankful to be able to afford shoes to track in gravel and food to drop crumbs on the floor.

Yes, I really need to get on top of my Christmas shopping so I don't have one crazy, USPS-stressed-out mess on December 23rd. | But I'm so thankful to have money to buy presents for my loved ones.

You feel me? It's way too easy to focus on the first part, when really we should just be thankful. Stop moving and sit down. Drink some apple cider (or apple pie moonshine) and watch Miracle on 34th Street. Remind yourself that the next 25 days are about a lot of things that are more important than stores, cookies, and gas money. Happy December, friends :)

And because it's Monday, here's a photo recap from our Thanksgiving weekend:

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  1. This is such a great post - sometimes when we are stressing out, we have to stop and be thankful for what is around us! Thank you for reminding me!

  2. What a great weekend!! I know the feeling on stress during the holidays... We should be thankful for whats around us...

  3. What a great weekend!! I know the feeling on stress during the holidays... We should be thankful for whats around us...

  4. So true!! These is so much more to be grateful when it gets stressful! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

  5. Oh Samantha, this post is perfect! You are so right. Thanks for reminding me to focus on the blessings and joy of the season!

  6. I just cleaned tonight so decorating can commence tomorrow!!!!

  7. I always get so stressed out around this time, but I'm making an effort to avoid that this year! Being thankful for the little everyday things!


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