Stress is spelled C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
There are 6 Days until Christmas. Just typing this makes me break out in sweat and hives and want to hide in the fetal position under the sheets. Yesterday was the last weekend day before Christmas. And like most weekends I did not get enough done before the week begins. I know I will be scrambling to get it all done every day this week. (If you want to get technical we have Saturday but that’s Christmas Eve. Many of us start the holiday a day early to split time between families and go to church.) So, by a show of hands, how many of you are experiencing Last minute Christmas Stress??? That’s what I thought.
I am struggling with my holiday spirit as all I can do is feel stressed and overwhelmed right now. My head is spinning with all of the things I still need to do and I am having trouble staying focused on getting them done. By getting my thoughts on paper, and hopefully give you a laugh to relieve your Christmas stress, I have neatly organized my Last Minute Christmas thoughts that are stressing me out by category. Because if I can’t get my life in order I can at least order the thoughts running through my head! Right?
◊ I know I am forgetting someone, but who?
◊ Did I buy [insert family member’s name] enough?
◊ Does this gift say I love you this many $’s worth? Or this many ¢’s worth?
◊ Seriously, who am I forgetting???
◊ Did that gift ever arrive? Is it going to be late? How can a gift take 3 weeks to ship nowadays? Are they using carrier pigeons?
◊ Am I a bad mom since I spent $12.35 more on one of my kids? Will they need therapy in the future because of this?
◊ How can I get ahead on gifts next year?
◊ WHAT AM I FORGETTING???
◊ There are so many gifts I need to wrap. I’m buying less next year.
◊ Do I have enough wrapping paper?
◊ Do I have enough tape?
◊ Why do I suck at wrapping gifts?
◊ Who’s idea was it to buy a bike? How the hell do you wrap a bike?
◊ Eff it, gift bags for everyone!
◊ Where’s the tissue paper? Do I have tissue paper?
◊ Wrapping paper it is!
◊ I need to make a list of who I received cards from so I know for next year’s list.
◊ Forget it, just put them in a safe place to check next year. I’ll have more time next year. Ha!
◊ Return to sender? I’m not using another stamp. I don’t like them that much.
◊ Did I ever get the address of my long lost cousin thrice removed to send them a card?
◊ I haven’t talked to this person in 5 years. Why are we still sending cards to one another? When will the madness stop?
◊ I wish I could figure out how to make labels on the printer. That would be much easier.
◊ Is this address even legible?
◊ ♬♬Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, oh why, oh why, did you fall on me?♬♬
◊ More needles on the floor! NOOOO!!! I just vacuumed.
◊ When was the last time I watered the tree?
◊ By the time I finish rearranging ornaments to be perfect Christmas will be over. But just this one…
◊ How many times can I say “if you aren’t a good girl Santa will bring you nothing”?
◊ How do I explain that Santa visits on the same day as Jesus’s birth to a 3-year-old?
◊ Problem solved, 3-year-old thinks Jesus is Santa’s baby. I’ll try again next year.
◊ Why is that elf on the shelf so damn creepy? Couldn’t they have updated it by now?
◊ Wait, how do I explain a bearded old man that comes in our house while we are sleeping and eats our food? Just thinking about it is going to give me nightmares.
◊ Forgot to take the baby for pictures with Santa. Is it worth it? Or will he need therapy for this as well?
◊ How did I bake 8 batches of cookies when I was pregnant last year?
◊ Oh yeah, because I wanted to eat 8 batches of cookies, I was pregnant.
◊ If I was pregnant I could say I was too tired to bake these damn cookies. I play that card enough and squandered it.
◊ Why don’t I have a KitchenAid mixer? This would be so much easier. I’ll add it to my list next year so I can have one the following Christmas.
◊ Do I have enough sticks of butter? How can one recipe need 4 sticks?
◊ If I lick the spoon one more time I might be sick.
◊ Will I beat my record number for trips to the grocery store in one week today?
◊ Why is nothing I need on sale?
◊ How did I spend another $50? I just needed butter and milk?
◊ There’s nothing to eat for lunch before we go to church for 3 hours. Do you think anyone will notice if I eat my portion of dinner beforehand?
◊ Why do we make so much food? We all feel miserable afterward. Yet we keep doing it year after year. Oh look, cookies!
◊ We should really simplify this next year and focus on what this holiday is really about. How would we even do that? Celebrate Festivus? I’m sure I can find a Festivus pole somewhere.
◊ I forget to grab food for the baby. He can eat cheese and crackers, right?
◊ How did I forget to buy the ___? And the ___?
But the most important Last Minute Christmas Stress of all…
◊ WHERE”S THE WINE??? And do I have enough?
Last Minute Christmas Printable
To help you feel less overwhelmed this week I have created the Last Minute Christmas PRINTABLE organizer to help you get organized! (Interested in more free printables? Sign up to receive access to the Resource Vault and receive weekly newsletters.)
How to use the organizers:
- List all the crazy thoughts in your head in one place on the first sheet by category.
- Then organize those by day on the second sheet and get to it! You have less than a week!!!
Above all, remember that Christmas is a special day to reflect on what we have and spend time with our families. And if somehow you forgot one gift or didn’t have time for a recipe the world will not end. You’re mother might be mad but wine will fix that;)
On a scale of 1-10, how much Last Minute Christmas Stress do you have right now?
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