|Me having fun playing the "elf-off-the-shelf"|
Is it just that there's so much to do, or the stress of tense extended family situations? Is it connected with seasonal affective disorder, or just the effect of adding a bunch of social events and obligations to an already packed schedule?
Probably a combination of all of these, and more.
Last night was the second annual holiday bash we've hosted our our house. I noticed myself getting really stressed out yesterday preparing for it--a by-product of a packed week with no time to prep until the last minute (and an embodiment of holiday stress syndrome).
But, you know what? It was worth it. I can't wait to do it again next year. It was so much fun to catch up with family and friends I haven't seen for months or more, spend quality time with those I see often, and just celebrate and have a blast with everyone.
The things that make me busy over the holidays are not the problem. It's just that I have too much other, less important stuff in my schedule.