Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Someone Stole Christmas

When I was a kiddo, I loved the holidays. I absolutely loved Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the hub-bub. More and more... i'm growing to hate it. This year specifically is just... well I wish it would just slide by without me knowing its been here and gone.

I'm tired of trying to figure out schedules of where to be and when and trying to fit everyone in. I want SO BAD to tell them I'm staying home! Last year was awesome because at Thanksgiving I was preggers with Baby Z... and I did just that. I stayed home! I loved it!

Once we figure out Thanksgiving, we have to turn right around and do it again for Christmas. I'd love to have my own Christmas. My own traditions. For once I'd love to get up and have Christmas with my kids at my house and stay and play with new toys all day long and just lounge around. Instead we bustle from here, hurry to there, and try to cram in every person in such a short amount of time. Its stressful and not relaxing.

I haven't even mentioned having to buy them shit that no one wants or needs and probably winds up lost, broken, in a garage sale, on a dusty shelf, given to the neighbor, etc.

I found this while Holiday shopping online today:

Common Sources for Holiday Anxiety, Stress and Depression are:
How we look or how we've aged
Success or Failure
Fear of Faking Love or Joy
Fear we got the wrong gift
How did the year go
Work-a-holic letdown
Fear of Crowds

Some Solutions:
Change your expectations or attitudes
Don't blame yourself
You can always answer NO!
Alone is not bad
Refocus on someone else
Set rules of discussion
Do shopping by mail order or internet


Grant said...

I don't care for the holidays either. I have friends but no family, and naturally my friends will be with their family so I can't spend time with them. Plus most restaurants close and I have to plan ahead and cook for myself. Bleah. Down with that sort of thing.

TC said...

The holidays bug me too, though I have to say that for me, it's from the singles side. The have to do everything the married one says. Always go to them. On their time frame. It's all about them. That's hard too.

Kerry said...

Grant: I saw this morning that Sonic will be open over Thanksgiving!
I've never understood why families hang with their families over the holidays. Aren't we kind of overlooking part of the meaning? I've invited lonely friends to go with me before... that's a time I dont want them to be alone. I say go with married friends to be with their families. That's part of what its about!

TC: You and Grant have the single sufferings together. If you were close you could go with me!!!

TC said...

Heck, if Grant were close he could just come with me! lol