So this blog is late. Several days late. But it’s a good thing.
I normally try to post the second and fourth Monday of each month. This past Monday was the fourth Monday of the month. It was also Christmas day.
Ultimately, I gave myself the day off.
That wasn’t entirely because of the day itself. After all, when I write a blog I generally try to work on it a couple of days in advance. Sometimes I write it the day it is due and post later that night.
In any case, all the time I would have spent writing the blog was devoted to other things. Namely, enjoying the holiday.
It’s not even about the fact I’m not working outside the home right now. All the activities I enjoyed which were associated with Christmas this year were the same as in past years.
The difference is I didn’t feel the stress of scheduling them or rushing through them.
The shopping for gifts, driving through Christmas in the Park and even doing my Ho Ho Hotline, where — through an arrangement with a parent — I call a home as Santa to talk to children, were all activities I enjoyed this year as in past years. It’s just that I had more time to enjoy them this year. I even got most of my Christmas shopping done earlier than just about any year in the past.
The “most wonderful time of the year” is also the busiest time of the year. In addition to the aforementioned activities, there’s decorating the house—inside and out, putting up and decorating multiple Christmas trees, wrapping gifts, mailing packages and sending out cards.
All of that takes place beginning in early November and continues through much of December
Then, of course, there’s The Big 2, the two days of the holiday. With my other half, Rebecca, I celebrate both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. That included a special global Christmas dinner, Indonesian this year. That is a tradition we began five years ago where Rebecca chooses a country from which she prepares traditional dishes.
Without the stress of worrying how I would schedule many of these activities during a nine to five work week, I felt I was able to better enjoy them.
That was a special Christmas gift I got this year.