Can you remember when you were a child and you were so excited for Christmas morning? I can remember going to my grandparents church on Christmas Eve, to watch the Nativity. All of the children were dressed in costume and it was so fun. The church was a big rock church that my great grandfather had helped design and build, so we felt a special connection to it. We would sing-Away in a Manger and Silent Night, then Santa would come and give us a small paper sack with an orange, hard candy and a candy cane in it, we thought it was so wonderful!!! Sometimes they would have ice cream cones, and my grandfather would be the one who dished out the ice cream, I loved him so. Then, on the way home, my father would find a star, and tell us that it was Rudolph's nose - we would believe him! It was very comforting to know that we had just celebrated the birth of the Savior, and Santa was coming, all in one night! Random thoughts . . . . . . I get very nostalgic this time of year.
I think I will make, attempt to make, a pumpkin roll today, maybe two, and bring it to some of my neighbors. I have the regular cleaning to do - laundry, vaccuming, changing the bed, just cleaning in general. On Saturday, we are going to go see, "A Christmas Carol", put on at a local theater, with local actors - it should be fun - it will be a family outing with my kids and my daughter's in-laws and their children. I think we will have cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate afterward.
I know that I have a tendency to get stressed out this time of year. Here are a few tips to help:
- Count your blessings.
- Stick to your budget.
- Get creative.
- Give what you can.
- Don't expect perfection.
- Try not to procrastinate
- Use aromatherapy to de-stress
- Let go.
- Create new traditions.
- Get enough sleep.
- Be jolly.
- Laugh, dance, sing, and play.