Nine more working days until I break for Christmas holidays (not that I'm counting down the days or anything silly like that). Okay yes I am. I'm so in need of a break and some 'me' time.
No work for twenty six days - woohoo. As is always the case I will have plans for all the things I want to do and I'll probably only do half of them. Sleeping in, long, lazy days in the summer sunshine. Beach days, friends and family. Yeah that's what Christmas break is all about.
It's not about spending squillions of dollars, eating enough food to feed a small third world country or experiencing untold stress and anxiety. It should be about relaxing, laughing and loving. Louise wrote a fantastic post here about Christmas and family and basically what Christmas means to homeless people. You've got to read it to understand the context and beauty in this post.
Her post helped me to throw off some of the 'bah humbug' mood which I've been feeling. I was feeling a little sad that some of my family won't be with me on Christmas Day, on top of that, hubby is working Christmas day and my boys are grown up enough that Christmas is more about sleeping in because its a day off from work and school than anything else.
I know I should be more grateful that I have a happy and healthy family, food in my belly and a roof over my head - some people aren't so lucky. I read another post tonight, a very deep and scary post by someone who has triumphed over addiction yet still has many demons to battle. Christmas is a crazy time of year and not always a happy time for some.
I went and bought all new Christmas tree decorations today despite my dislike of the commercialism which surrounds Christmas. This wasn't about giving in to the commercialism this was about colour and I thought it might put me more in the mood for Christmas.
Here's the crazy thing and as I write these words it does sound crazy. I've always had traditional Christmas coloured ornaments, greens, reds and golds. Tinsel and decorations also in those colours. Well my teenage boys aren't that excited about Christmas trees and decorations like they used to be, so it's hard to get excited myself.
So today I went and bought rainbow coloured tinsel as well as pink, green, silver and gold balls, and a purple star. Non traditional colours because this is for me because colour puts a smile on my face and makes me happy. Hubby will probably have a fit when he sees it all, but tough.
So colour and some planned relaxation time are my answers for this crazy time of year - what are you doing to stay sane or get in the festive mood.
Found a fantastic blog which has glitter designs like the ones in this post which you can use on your own blogs, websites etc. Click on the caption under the images if you want to go and check it out.
Have a great weekend,
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