I am both saddened and relieved that Christmas is over. It truly does feel like December went by in the blink of an eye. And I’ve been so busy, I feel like I missed most of it. 🙁 I’m sad because there were so many other things I wanted to do and never got the chance: cute, crafty food gifts; several Christmas decorations for the house; driving around looking at Christmas lights; doing a nice, small Christmas party at the house; and baking & cooking for the holidays – just to name a few. I’ve been so busy this month, I don’t feel like I really got to enjoy it, and Christmastime is my favorite time of the year. I have recently taken a great interest in crafting, and there were a few projects I’d bought supplies for, but yet they still sit in bags, unused. Now I understand why a lot of the Christmas stuff comes out in September! You can’t do everything in December. If you do, you’ll spend the whole month stressing out to get everything finished in time, and the season will be over before you know it. Here are a few Christmas decorations I did do this year. Nothing super special/fancy, but it’s more than I’ve done in the past 5+ years.
I thought I was doing great by buying the first gift in November. An early start! Yet, I still had more than 5 gifts to buy at the last minute, 2-3 days before Christmas. Only two gifts had been wrapped by the time Dec 22nd rolled around, so making 15-20 gift bows took forever! I wanted to make all of the bows for the presents this year (first time venturing into bow-making) because I hate buying those squished bags of bows at Wal-Mart or Target. I still need lots of practice with the bow-making, but the gifts looked much better this year!
I’m glad the holiday season is over though so I can get back to a normal routine. It’s been non-stop with things this month, and I haven’t cooked dinner in two weeks! I am so tired of fast food, and I know my body hates me for it. I do look forward to cooking again and getting back to eating healthier. And I’d be lying if I said I was looking forward to getting back to the gym because it’s not my favorite thing to do, but I need to start exercising again so I can get in shape again and finally lose the weight I’ve been wanting to lose. I’m about to clear out a lot of closet space so I can have just stuff I know I am going to wear in there. I got a decent amount of money for Christmas and might put some of it towards a few articles of clothing; I don’t want to spend too much on clothes if they’re going to be too big in a month or two. I am thinking of putting some money towards crafting supplies as well.
Before I venture any further in that though, I’ve got some major catching up to do with work-related stuff. This month, I have pretty much done almost zero work with our business in an attempt to get everything finished in time. So the next couple of weeks get completely devoted to that (aside from exercise time and cooking meals!). I am not joking when I say I will start working on Christmas stuff in July next year! And if I come across a gift anytime in 2014 that might be perfect for someone as a Christmas gift, I’m getting it and storing it in a plastic tub so I don’t have to run myself into the ground during December! It will not sneak up on me and pass by in the blink of an eye like it did this year.
Once I finish this blog post, it’ll be time to start getting my house back in order and cleaned up! The Christmas decorations can stay until January 1st, but after the past two days, it looks like a tornado came through every room. Seriously. Crafting stuff is everywhere. Laundry needs to be put away. Dishes need to be cleaned. Gifts need to be put away. Sometime this week or weekend, I want to do a cleanup throughout the house and put away stuff we don’t need/want anymore for a possible yard sale this spring, including all the crap I have stored in plastic tubs in our basement. I need to free up a tub or two for the Christmas decorations when they come down. So much to do… such little time to do it in. Sometimes I don’t know where to start!
Overall, I had a good Christmas despite everything. I will say it’s not the best I’ve had. Instead of the usual excitement that comes with Christmas at my Mom’s, you could tell there was obvious tension in the air because of the issues my mom and I (and I guess my sister) have been going through throughout this year. So that made me sad (and a little angry) because it managed to dampen Christmas day – my favorite holiday. If it’s not the Scrooge I live with (he was actually pretty good this year), then it seems to be something else. This was the first year in many that I had as much holiday spirit as I did, but some of it got zapped yesterday because of the reality of the situation. I do hope that things are finally resolved with everyone before the holiday season rolls around next year. Here’s to hoping!
I’m curious to see what 2014 holds for many aspects of my life. There are a lot of things I am going to work on changing so that 2014 isn’t quite as overwhelming, depressing, frustrating, crazy, and disappointing as what this year has been. Despite everything, I am going to maintain a positive attitude for the new year and focus on positive change. 🙂
I hope everyone else had a Merry Christmas!