Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December Fatigue

Is it the stress of the holidays? The stress of shopping? The fatigue of getting sick because December is always a bad month in our house?

It seems whenever I get to this time of year I just feel tired. It is like the stress and load of the entire year is winding down and I feel more run down. It could also be that I see the light at the end of tunnel - time off for the holidays. Every year I try to save up as much vacation time as I can so that I can take two weeks off for Christmas and New Years to spend with my family.

Every year I promise myself that I won't get sucked into the stress and hoopla of the holidays. And every year I seem to let myself down and find that I am swept up in the craziness. At this point I still have cleaning to do in the house, baking and cooking to finish, some small presents to buy, presents to wrap and there is only 2 days left. I have one more day of work and then I am off. My plan for Friday is finish up a few things and put my feet up and enjoy my family for the day. I feel like every year the holidays pass me by and I miss the special moments with family and friends. This year I am going to try to make sure that I enjoy the people in my life.

At night we are going to spend time with close friends. Every year on Christmas Eve they have family and us ( we have known each other so long we are like family) over food and drinks. The kids play and check in with NORAD to see where Santa is and how close he is to our house.

What do you do to decompress and de-stress over the holidays? Do you do anything special with friends and family to appreciate the special times of the holiday season?