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The Holidays: Time is Not On My Side

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on December 4, 2018 17:49

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It's that time of the year ... where we have no time.

It’s that time of the year, once again, when time moves at lightning speed unless you are five. That’s right, for kids time just can’t go fast enough to get to the day when they can open presents. while for the adults in their lives there just isn’t enough of it.

There are those who balance it all with grace and ease. I am not one of them. Holiday cards might make it into the mail and if not, well then email. And if not email, there is always a social media post. It isn’t because I don’t care or don’t want to. I just can’t find that extra time to do those little things.

Where does my time go? Scouring the earth for the perfect presents for my son. Not necessarily the most expensive presents but unique things that I’ve caught him mentioning, here and there. He’s a tough one to shop for because he has such unique interests. I’d give you an example, but that might ruin his Christmas surprise.

Of course, a great portion of my time is spent managing the dog who thinks every bow and bit of wrapping paper exists for his curious endeavors. My choice is to either doggie-proof every part the tree and other holiday decorations or chase the dog around constantly. Since I get tired much faster than him, it’s a pen that surrounds the tree. Maybe I’ll string it with lights this year just to make it a bit more festive.

What I really want to do this holiday season is bake amazing cookies and breads, binge-watch my favorite holiday movies and have some time when my son hits his winter break to do some things that we can enjoy together. At the end of the season, I’ll resolve to do better next year when it comes to cards and little Secret Santa exchanges.

Still, I wonder how some do it all. Is this a genetic alteration that allows them to be festive through the day and night every day of December? Am I just not drinking enough eggnog (or at least spiking it properly)? Could I be the Grinch in some weird mutated way?

I hope not. But if you are like me, just trying to spread some cheer without sacrificing your sanity, take a breath. Remember what the holidays are about. Whether you believe in a religious miracle or not, we should all believe in the miracle of the season which, to me, means we are fully capable of getting more done than we thought humanly possible.

And as my motto will be: The New Year isn’t for working out, it’s for end-of-year recovery.

Let the holidays begin!

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on December 4, 2018 17:49

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