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Don’t stress this holiday season: It’s actually already begun

Don’t sweat the small stuff, they say.  But what happens when all of the small stuff piles up on top of each other forming a mountain of small stuff?  Can I sweat then?

You know it’s there.  A million things are swirling around your mind, reminding you to make that dentist appointment, pay that bill, pick up new shoes for your son, clean the fridge and look up that recipe for dinner.  On top of that, the holidays are looming around the corner.  Staring at you from behind ivy-clad Outlet Malls and it’s only October. Some perfectly organized friends of yours are already talking about how they’ve booked their photographer and chosen their holiday cards. They even have a cute little cubby of stamps and addresses of every single person they’ve every known neatly typed onto labels in fonts that match their personalities. You’ve got other friends making homemade snow globes (sorry Trina…you know I love you for it!).

Layaway signs are calling out to me “shop now!” My sons shout out at every single commercial “will you tell Santa to get me that for Christmas?”  Even the girl commercials illicit a call-out “mom, will you tell Santa to get me that for Christmas when I have a sister.”  Thank goodness I realized a few weeks ago that I’m not a baker. Otherwise I’d be stressed about which holiday treats I’d be making this festive season.

How about if you plan ahead, some may say.  Try this for planning ahead!  I ordered Halloween costumes 3 weeks early.  That’s fantastically on-top-of-it for me!  I think I felt a moment of serenity as I checked that off my never-ending To Do list. And then a week went by-no costumes.  And today I checked and I can’t get through to the company, not by phone, email or anything.  Sure, the offer a Live Chat with customer service on their site – with the contradictory words “offline” in parenthesis.  Looking back, I never even received a confirmation email from them; though my credit card was charged Thursday.  So I bought new costumes at Target. And I’m waiting on my refund.

I remember the advice I hear often about not sweating the small stuff.  Sometimes we just need to take time to breathe and look up from our computers or our TV or the kitchen sink to just relax a little.  It’s not going to get us anywhere to be stressed out (especially this early in the season).  We have to remember that the holidays are meant to be enjoyed.  If I don’t get their costumes, I’m not going to sweat it. Even if it means having to craft it myself out of felt and glue (thanks Debi!).  And I’ll get my refund (I will get my refund!) eventually.

Tis almost the season, so whether you’ve already planned your shopping list and started hand painting papier-mâché ornaments  or you’re like me and just taking it as it comes; don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy!

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