Cut to this year, as I'm trying to figure out a way to convince my child that a festive Christmas chair is as apt a present-delivery vehicle as a decorated tree. I can't seem to find any interest at all in trimming and wrapping and partying and baking (well, truthfully, I can find a bit of interest in that).
Maybe it's because I've gone all sew-borg lately. Maybe it's because it feels more like October than December outside. Maybe it's because I really need a holiday (my boring, endless refrain).
Well, gotta say peeps: this shit stops now. I realized, while getting my coffee this morning (and chatting with the barista), that if I want the long lunches and fun times to roll, I've got to be the change I want to see.
So here's what I'm going to do (and I urge you to join me if you've got the seasonal blahs):
- Let the cooking begin. How miserable can you be with baked goods and cream-based sauces?
- Share the wealth. To avoid gaining the "holiday 5", ply your friends, coworkers and daycare with 2/3s of your yummy food.
- Start wrapping. Given all my compulsion, I finished my shopping 2 weeks ago (ok, I continue to find bits and bobs but I could stop anytime). Now is the time to make them look good.
- Trim the tree - or the chair. The presents will look better that way.
- Buy some pretty, seasonal greenery. Drape it over things.
- Enjoy your friends and family. Parties can energize you when you attend them with no specific expectations.
- Take a cab to said parties. If you usually walk or transit, this is a nice (warm) treat. If you usually drive, then think of all the drinking you'll be able to do :-)
- Listen to that Xmas jazz. It's the only time of the year you can do it!
- And, for me specifically: No more sewing till after the 25th. All this learning is sucking up too much of my energy. Maybe you have a beloved hobby that impacts you this way?
I'm really hopeful this is going to do the trick.
How about y'all? Are you in the spirit?