I look around my house and it feels like a Christmas bomb went off. Stacks of large Rubbermaid containers full of Christmas decor, gift bags & bows, candles and God knows what else, monopolize sections of my house. Those, along with boxes of Christmas Village components (don’t get started) and a couple of large trash bags filled with garland make getting around feel like trying to maneuver through a labyrinth.
As anxiety-enducing as it may seem, it is nothing out of the ordinary for us this time of year (Abundance) We combine Holiday decorating with party planning (our annual Christmas party with 50-75 guests) with Christmas shopping all the while working full-time at our jobs, and every year we manage to accomplish all we set out to do.
I want to hire a housekeeping service to come a week before our party so that I can check cleaning off of our list. But even that makes me anxious as it has been eight years since we had anyone come and professionally clean our home. How much will it cost? Do I tip them on top of that? Will they do a good job? Will they steal from me? Will they accidentally let my dogs out? Will they understand my instructions?
The sun beginning its descent casts long shadows through the blinds of my living room. A couple of churches from the Christmas Village that have been set up on a deep shelf flanking the fireplace start to look like real buildings in the changed light. Christmas clutter cohabitants with a bottle of yellow all-purpose cleaner and a couple stacks of magazines.
This will all eventually come together, I tell myself. It always does. A lot has been accomplished even today, and more will get done tomorrow. But for now I am going to step away, regroup and maybe head out for a bite with Chuck, and enjoy my evening.
The Holiday Season is upon us, and it’s important that whatever work you find yourself putting into it, you remember to come up for air, enjoy the delights of the season and take care of yourself in the meantime. Don’t get so buried that you forget all that is wonderful.