A year of Christmas? What the hell?! That's not wellness! Au contraire, my friend! Taking a day or two every month to prepare just a little bit for my favorite holiday that falls during one of the busiest, stressful times of the year means that when I get to that particular time, I will be able to actually enjoy it and not feel like a failure for all the things I haven't done! Taking steps to reduce my stress? Sounds like one of the best steps I've taken for my wellness yet! Now that we've gotten that out of the way....
A few years ago, having been inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a reluctance to deal with the stress and disorganization I'd dealt with in previous years, I issued myself a challenge. To refresh your memory, you can read the original post here (and see some truly eye searing graphic work). If you wish to be spared, here's a basic summary:
- The Dickens quote that inspired me: "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year!" (said by a reformed Scrooge)
- To eliminate vagueness, I decided that on the 25th of each month, I would do one thing that would get me closer to being ready for Christmas, such as making my cards.
This idea seemed to go along pretty swimmingly until I got derailed sometime, oh, around February of that year. That year was followed by the epic awfulness of 2015. I started with renewed hope in 2016 and somehow managed to just get it all screwed up again. However, I'm nothing if not stupidly resilient. I am still deciding what my first project will be, but I'll be sure that it still adheres to my Just Stash January Challenge too. At this point, it is completely acceptable for me to own that I'm obsessed with challenging myself and it's completely acceptable for you to consider me a little whackadoo.
Wait. You don't think I'm whackadoo and you want to join the challenge? I was hoping so! Leave a comment and I'll add you to the Blog Roll of participants! Don't have a blog? E-mail me pictures and I'll be happy to share them! I'd love to track it on Twitter and Instagram too! Just throw in a #yearofxmas so I can see how you're preparing for Christmas too!
Here's to the year when I finally FINALLY get my act together and feel more prepared for Christmas!
PS: that picture up there? That's the first time Tiger ever saw a Christmas tree. And while my photography and Photoshop skills are getting better, I somehow can't resist using this title graphic again