Oh, so many people whinging on about the shops going to be shut for one day, the shopping centres and car parks are crammed, there's not enoug hours in the day, family are visiting that you don't get on with, people want want want something desperately, journeys are being planned which might suit one person but not everyone, timescales are unrealistic, everything has to be perfect. Just take a step back. We all tend to fill the house with crap and nonsense because it's Christmas, but why do we get ourselves into a state and make everyone jump through hoops to make what should be an enjoyable time into a military precision stress fest?
The words from "In the bleak mid winter" sum it up.
Your friends and family will appreciate what you do when it comes from your heart. I like to make it a happy and relaxed time and will do what I can, whilst I don't go overboard and pull out all the stops I do make it special, but unlike some people who have a spreadsheet mentality from October I don't bemoan the fact I am frazzled beause I have set unrealistic goals.
I can decorate the house, cook a mean roast, throw an impromtu party and cater for the masses but I can't ice a cake or keep the worksurfaces spotless all day so I wont try!
So stress less princess, by all means put your heart and and soul into it but don't exhaust yourself in the lead up so that when the day comes you are frazzled and can't enjoy it.
What can I give Him, Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb; If I were a wise man I would do my part; Yet what I can, I give Him - Give my heart.
In The Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti