Ya'll... it's December 10th!
I know... I know maybe if you are new(ish) around here, or don't know me in real life - this may not mean much to you but to me and my family, December 10th has long been my self-imposed Deadline to
This year, thanks to maturing, no not that... thanks to Advent, I have approached the season with a slower pace... but still - December 10th is here and so today is the last possible day of Crazy that is allowed in this house.
For several years... maybe a decade? - I have given myself this 'deadline' of sorts to be all done with the Christmas shopping and decorating and party planning and wrapping of gifts and all the bossy lists of things to do this season. December 10th... I set it at first because back in the day I was that one girl who was mostly done by August anyway... I know... (I'm sorry!) Those days are over. Long gone. A distant memory. I think they faded when my Little was not so little anymore and her wants were not so easily purchased months in advance (and in a toy aisle!)
Still... December 10th is still doable. Even if I don't start until
Normally - the last few days (which means December 7-10th) can get a little cray cray around here... lots of stress and rushing around and it seems insane to all the unlookers and people who don't live here because - well - I DO realize that it is still weeks before Christmas. However - I normally push through the tense muscles, the deep breathing, the midnight wrapping, and the too-much-coffee-consuming-while-trying-to-make-and-address-these-cards parts and I make it!
I get through the whirlwind of December 10th and then... gloriously have nothing (no. thing.) to do until Christmas Eve. I mean - sure... there is the baking, and the parties, and the caroling maybe... there's the Christmas movies and hot chocolate and driving around looking at all the pretty lights... there is all of the FUN stuff... but there is nothing else!
(See? Brilliant, right?)
So today... seeing this on my (only somewhat-) Bossy List, it didn't stir up anxiety or cause my heart (or car) to race! I really am mostly done!
Tonight is December 10th... and thanks to The Nester and her also brilliant NOT To Do list and boldness in loudly declaring that she is not sending Christmas Cards (AND is not feeling guilty about it!) I followed her lead and crossed that off my list this year as well! Not an easy task, mind you! I make cards for a living... I love the handmade craftiness of a holiday card and of course - I write a family Christmas Letter. (I know right? You're so surprised!) But we had agreed as a family that we were cutting back on spending in order to give more this Christmas and as much as I love the whole ritual of Christmas cards and snail mail... it was one expense that seemed easy enough to skip! (Then again... after the holidays - you may just receive a handmade Martin Luther King Day card... Oh you laugh, but it could happen!)
I will still write a Christmas Letter... I know... see? It's gonna be alright! Exhale! It will have to sort of go viral online to reach everyone, however I refuse to worry about it!
Instead, I will be making breakfast for dinner and wrapping gifts tonight! The Christmas Letter? I'll work on that (gasp!) tomorrow...
After all, it's Advent right? And Advent is all about the waiting... it's all about His coming... and so I stick by my self-imposed tradition (and reserve the right to break my own rules) and I will still be done with the running around of Christmas, just in time to slow down and breathe in all that matters! I will make time to wait...
Because... He's always worth it!
I'm linking up with Emily over at Chatting at the Sky for #tuesdaysunwrapped
...and with Crystal for #Behindthescenes