It appears our household has been bitten by the holiday bug. Husband has been patiently waiting for me to get on board (see: out of a funk) so we can decorate the house. (It kinda tickles me—when we first met, he didn’t even celebrate holidays and now he’s the one bugging me to get in the spirit.) We managed to get the boxes down from the attic, but they’ve been sitting in the spare room for a few days. I refuse to decorate when I’m not feelin’ it 100% yet, know what I mean? It’s very important that our hearts and minds are crystal clear when we decorate the house—since this was his grandmother’s home, we are not only establishing our family traditions, we are honoring the memories Husband has of Christmases here with his grandma.
What can I say? I get overwhelmed quite easily, and especially around the holidays because I feel pulled in 20 directions at once. Both of us have divorced parents so we automatically have at least four Christmases and that obviously doesn’t even count visiting extended family and our dear friends. We are blessed to have so many loved ones in our life, but I struggle sometimes to stop and enjoy myself instead of getting caught up in the rush of it all.
Last year was especially stressful and delightful all mixed into one big blur of a holiday season. We didn’t decorate at all, so I can see why Husband is excited this year. As if the normal holiday crazies weren’t enough, we were smack dab in the middle of the home remodel, and then we decided to get married (planned the wedding in less than three weeks! Yes, it can be done.) This year, we are celebrating not only the first Yule in our new home, we’re also celebrating our first wedding anniversary on winter solstice. With hopes to avoid some of the worst of the holiday crazies, I decided everyone can just come to us this year. So, we’ll be hosting a holiday housewarming party for family and friends that haven’t yet made it over to visit this year. Nothin’ gets me out of a funk quite like hosting a party! I’m already feeling giddy about the weeks ahead instead of dreading them.
Today will be spent writing out the master Holiday To-Do List, addressing cards, visiting the Post Office, and decorating the tree and house when Husband gets home from work. Hundreds of cookies and goodies will be baked and mailed out to far-away friends later this week. Once the first wave of gifts are wrapped, I’ll then get started on the party planning.