It happens to the best of us: you are standing in line at the over-crowded post office, shifting your nicely wrapped packages from one aching arm to the other, listening to the same tired holiday showtunes being piped in from the tinny speakers…. and you catch yourself downright hating the holidays. I know that it’s not politically-correct to say a mean word about Christmas, and heaven help us if we roll our eyes the next time we hear “Frosty the Snowman” in a store – but more often than not – I find myself dreaming of June. You know… a month that doesn’t have any holidays? After Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then the 6 week celebration extravaganza that is Christmas… I just want to crawl under the covers and wait for the 2nd of January.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Though December is hard on your day-planner, your pocketbook and your waistline, I like to fight back with a few stolen moments that bring me pure holiday cheer. Perhaps it’s staying up late to watch cheesy Christmas movies, just you, the remote, and a giant tray of freshly baked Christmas cookies. (I love Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”, and “Sleepless in Seattle.”) Or, perhaps it’s a few vacation days BEFORE the relatives arrive to dance around in your living room, wearing only your PJs and singing carols at the top of your lungs. Maybe you like to buck the trend and eat Chinese food take-out on Christmas Day. Whatever it is that brings you peace, joy and happiness, I say GO FOR IT! Treat your “Me-Time” as a commitment and schedule yourself on your calendar. If someone tries to use up that time for yet ANOTHER office holiday party, just say that you have a prior commitment. Seriously.
Whether you get to steal back a few moments to yourself between hectic trips to the grocery store for the ingredients for another batch of Christmas cookies, or if you get a full afternoon for yourself – you deserve a true HOLIDAY, where you don’t have to fa-la-la-la-la if you don’t feel like it. I plan to take off a full day before the relatives come to town to watch Ellen on TV and eat cereal all day. I know it’s not festive, but it keeps me sane! So, good luck, and good cheer to all of you this very merry December, and treat yourself! You deserve it.