Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Christmas!

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Christmas!

This year it feels like Christmas snuck up on me. I’ve been working on other pressing things that demanded my attention and finally have come up for air this week. Lo and behold it’s Christmas!

Thankfully I had all my gifts done. But I hadn’t really decorated or planned our Christmas menu. I could’ve panicked but I simply chose not to.

The reality is I had a health concern, and I was focused on that. In a way, this concern was a blessing because it took my mind off of Christmas, and, for the first time in many years, I decided to keep things simple and not run around trying to get it all done or stay up all night making sure everything is perfect. If I didn’t get that extra stocking stuffer or pine garland for the table, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. AND, even more importantly, I actually asked for help. This is the first time I am not making the whole Christmas dinner. My brother is making the appetizers, and I *gasp* bought a bakery pie for dessert.

And I’m ok with this. In fact, I’m more than ok. What I realized is the most important thing (besides health) is being with my family. That matters more than what decorations are up and what food is on the table. So I’m looking forward to a simple and cozy Christmas with my family. (And a healthy one—everything turned out ok.)

Wishing you a wonderful and warm holiday filled with joy, laughter, friends, and family.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

 I’ve been reading . . . Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel by Samantha Silva and Winter Storm by Elin Hilderbrand.

I wanted to like Mr. Dickens and His Carol, I really did. But it fell flat for me. The book is some 270 pages and could’ve been done in half that. The last 30 pages were good and, to me, were the “meat” of the story. The author spends 240 pages telling us how Dickens is not in the Christmas spirit, he has lost himself, blah, blah, blah. I didn’t need 240 pages of that. Got it after the first 20. So, this isn’t really a book I would recommend, and it’s too bad because it was a good idea.

I’ve been watching . . . Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies. Have you seen any of these new Hallmark movies?

I’ve been listening to . . . Christmas music. Love this holiday Tiny Desk concert and the holiday carpool karaokes—last years and this years. Any of these videos will get you in the holiday spirit but nothing beats this one.

Have a wonderful weekend and a happy holiday!

 

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