In my last post I concluded saying how I was looking forward to our summer vacation even though it feels like Christmas is right around the corner. Now I know what you might be thinking: "But Jody, it's still only August." Yes, I hear you. But based on how I celebrated last year's Christmas timeline, this year it is going to come even quicker.
Let me explain. First off, I LOVE Christmas. It is absolutely my most favorite holiday. It was always a big deal in my family growing up, for both my mom and dad, and their parents as well. So there is a lot of nostalgic baggage that comes with the yule tide festivities. I have always tried to not build up Christmas too much in my mind, in terms of expectations. I knew I would never be able to recapture that childhood magic no matter how Martha Stewart I got, so I really tried just to not stress out too much and the days and weeks prior to Christmas unfold organically.
Turns out, as was confirmed last year, my approach in all those years before was a recipe for more stress, discontent, frustration and bah-humbug than I'd ever imagine myself feeling. It was a combination of dreading the holiday entirely, while already being sad it was going to be over before I really got a chance to enjoy it.