In less than twenty four hours, my living room will look like a tornado swept through and my camera will be full from photos snapped during Christmas morning. Meanwhile, there is still work to be done. Lots of it.
Last minute wrapping, trips to the grocery store, and if time allows, baking a dessert that includes egg nog. Renaissance Man loves nog. These are just a few things I need to finish before midnight. I am a notorious procrastinator. But, I will not fret. There is still time to spread cheer. Here are twenty ways I plan on keeping my spirits high this Christmas:
- Practice smiling. It really is contagious.
- Sing for all to hear. Not sure if I can actually volunteer for caroling. There is a reason no one has EVER heard me sing aloud.
- Bake cookies. Now, this I can do. Shoot, they don’t even have to finish baking. Just a sampling of cookie dough makes me happy!
- Pull out the craft box and make hubbie a coupon book. Offer a free back massage. Sounds good until your too tired to pay up.
- Open an expensive bottle of wine. Definitely worth the splurge. A glass of cabernet takes the edge off a sink full of dishes.
- Consider ordering pizza for myself and a neighbor. Because everyone can use help in the kitchen the night before Christmas.
- Use gift bags instead of wrapping paper. Nothing spoils a mood quicker than unruly wrapping paper and an uncooperative tape dispenser.
- Prepare a fresh batch of popcorn and watch one of the best Christmas movies ever made, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
- Hang up the mistletoe. For obvious reasons.
- Take a bubble bath to relieve stress. Yeah, right. My children’s toys have taken over the tub.
- Don’t tell someone to stop being a Grinch. This only increases the Grinchiness.
- Let the Griswold’s story be a cautionary tale. Keep it simple.
- Do tell someone special, “I love you.”
- Then tell your special someone you love them a few more times. No one gets tired of hearing they are loved.
- Share a laugh with a close friend. This happens to be my husband.
- Then laugh till your belly aches.
- Hug your children.
- Hug your mother-in-law. This woman is your child’s grandmother after all. We’ll talk about later.
- Then give more hugs. Air kisses only if necessary.
- When you’ve finished steps thirteen through nineteen, repeat again.
I don’t know if I can squeeze in everything from this list. But, I do know I will be hugging my loved ones a bit tighter this season. That, and laughing more often. Nothing quenches a broken spirit like laughter.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope your stockings are full and your HEARTS even fuller!