Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Decking the Halls

Here it is the middle of December. Ten days until Christmas. My house is decorated and at least 80% of my Christmas shopping is finished. That is like some kind of a Christmas miracle.

I don't think this has ever, ever happened before.

What is really getting my attention is how I feel. Usually December is the most stressful month of the year. During other Decembers I felt weighed down by my long To Do list and churlish just thinking about decorating or shopping or baking or planning dinner for eighteen people or rehearsing the church Christmas Eve program or planning the music or cleaning the shower. Didn't I just do most of that for Thanksgiving? You mean we're cleaning and cooking again as well as baking and shopping and decorating??

But this year I am oddly....mellow. Relaxed. Even....joyful?  I can't remember ever feeling so laid back on December 15th. I mean not ever.

I haven't even begun to write a Christmas newletter (that my offspring are insisting I write because I didn't write one last year. Hello? I have a blog. It's a near daily letter to my peeps) or address Christmas cards. And...I don't care. If I get it done, fine. If I don't, fine. I'm not stressing.

What is up with that?

I made this quilted wall hanging about eighteen years ago when I had four little kids and I was a pregnant homeschooler. I started another quilt as soon as I finished this one. I am astounded that I had time for projects like this. This would never get done now when I only have three kids at home!  Ahhh...the energy of youth.

I am attributing my new-found mellowness to better health. I have no idea if this is true or not. I'm hoping that a year or two of avoiding sugar and wheat (I say "avoiding" and not "eliminating") has improved the function of my adrenal glands -that system that works to handle stress- so that I am actually handing stress in a more healthy way. Mr. Dirtywrench thinks my relaxed attitude is because I've been swimming regularly for exercise. This is all speculation and all I can say feels good to feel relaxed in December!

What? Eight more people to squeeze into the house on Christmas Eve? Bring it on. I can handle it.

Seventy five dozen cookies to bake in one week for clients? No problem!

Just don't wait by the mailbox for my Christmas card. I'm busy sipping a mocha and listening to Nat King Cole.


  1. It must be something in the air. I've never been this relaxed at this time of year either. It may have something to do with the fact that I've had surgery and am forced to be slow and quiet. Nah. I'm praying this feeling will continue on into the new year.
    Now, bring on the baking!

  2. Having surgery at Christmas time must be no fun at all. I hope you are feeling fully restored soon. But yeah, use it as long as you can. ;-)

  3. Yep, it must be something in the air because I'm feeling the same way. Last year, I don't think I ever got into the "Christmas spirit" and this year I've been in it since the first week of Advent! Yeah, next week will be hectic what with soup supper at church, company coming, dinners to cook, desserts to bake (Pam, I do NOT know how you do it), and I gave up Christmas cards years ago. But this year, I'm okay. Now, ask me this again next Wednesday morning. LOL! Lovely pictures, Pam. :-)

  4. Beautiful quilt! It's something I really want to learn to make.

    I'm feeling very bah-humbuggy this year. :\

  5. Merry Christmas to you! I too don't feel too stressed...but I must add the consumption of Mocha Kahlua truffles to the mix: helps immensely.

    You mentioned in an earlier post that you have some ancestors that were Lapp??? Have you ever seen the movie "Pathfinder"? It is so good; made in 1990, inspired by a legen and placed in Lapland 1000 years ago. Awesome (but not for the little ones)!

  6. Cute decorations! Especially the little miniature in the last picture!

  7. That's my favorite! I just did it. I love that lamp and it so needed to be a Christmas scene.


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