For those of you reading this that don't know me, I can get a little Christmas crazy, my house is fully decorated, a tree in every room, you know the type. Christmas music is the only music allowed in my car for 2 months. A highlight of the holidays for me driving through the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. We fill the thermos with hot cocoa and turn on the seat heaters (yes, we do use seat heaters in CA) and of course, listen to Christmas music. Someone always ends up begging to go home but I always seem to find "just a few more streets" to go down. Buying gifts and wrapping: I pride myself on finding the perfect gift and wrapping is the perfect mix of presentation and conservation. This year we will be exclusively reusing last year's gift bags. Under our tree is an assortment of Christmas print fabric bags that my Grandma Helen made for us which we have been using to wrap our gifts for years. I plan the holiday school parties and take my son Christmas caroling with the Boy Scouts. We have a speciall family day at Disneyland to see the Christmas snow fall and special holiday parade. I host an Annual Holiday Open House at my home for my clients. We buy and give gifts to families that need extra blessings this time of year. These a few of the many on the to do list for the month of December.
That's when the reindeer sh*t hits the fan. I get sick, like can't get out of bed, sick. The few times I managed to stay well, my whole family felt as though we dodged a bullet.
Now that you have some background, you can truly appreciate my ironic story. I am trying to be more aware of myself these days and change things that aren't working for me and getting sick on or before Christmas does not work!!! I was in a particularly good holiday mood on November 1st when my Mom who was staying with us suggested we "get a jump on Christmas this year". You would indeed be correct if you guessed that we decorated my entire inside of my house that day. The house looked beautiful and what a great feeling to be done with the house.
Thinking I had this all figured out, I had given myself a 30 day head start. My schedule was too much for one person in 30 days so, I thought starting early would prevent any sickness. I mean "It's the most wonderful time of the year", right? (I'll give you a hint: I'm typing from my laptop in bed) The shopping started, the buying began, the wrapping was almost finished when I felt it coming on, I couldn't believe it... The sh*t hit the fan, but this year it was more like turkey sh*t than reindeer sh*t. Yep, I got sick for a week. Although I got sick, the timing was better. It would appear, I changed the timeline of my holiday routine 30 days earlier.
I am grateful to be over my holiday yuck. I look forward to spending Thanksgiving with the family. Not to mention a lengthy trip to Vegas with hubby before Christmas and I will surely be sharing Christmas with family and friends in good health!!!
Wishing you and your family good health now and always~