Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday busyness is not the real problem

Me having fun playing the "elf-off-the-shelf"
Why are the holidays so stressful?

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.

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