Every year the holiday season brings about new challenges. Some years you find yourself alone and fighting loneliness while other years you are surrounded by family (and too much of it). While plenty of family around squashes any thoughts of loneliness, you can forget about peace and quiet.
As this holiday season comes to a close, I wonder what happened to the 2 weeks of vacation I thought I was going to get. Entertaining kids and family members was more exhausting than I thought. I also thought I would have more time to exercise, hike, go to the zoo, see the botanical gardens or simply take a walk around the neighborhood. Somehow between the Christmas shopping, the post-Christmas shopping, colds, and planning for New Year’s the time just got away from me. I definitely forgot about work for 2 weeks, however, I am not sure I am well-rested and ready to jump back into work tomorrow.
Since it is a new year, I would like to make a resolution to have a more relaxing holiday season next year. There is always next year I say! Considering that most people abandon their New Year’s resolutions by mid-February the chances of me remembering this resolution by next Thanksgiving is not likely. All I can do is be happy that the holidays are over and I can bet back to some normalcy. Strange how so much of the year we look forward to the holiday season and now I am glad they are over. I hope everyone else survived the holidays and is just excited as I am about returning to the daily routine. Happy 2013!
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Although I am a lot older than you Stacey, I understand where you are coming. Christmas this year was the most stressful of all. House still needed some finishing touch, hosted a christmas party for 20 people cleaned cooked etc. I think when the season begins we all tend to get a little excited about Christmas and before we know it, we are starting to feel the pressure. It doesn”t matter if you son and daughter are young or if they are in their thirties. It never changes. If you are entertaining, let your guests offer to bring some goodie. That is what I did and worked out well. By the day after Christmas I am so excited about looking forward to a new year. Keep things simple and don’t feel you have to go overboard. The important thing is to spend time with friends.