Seems as though Christmas was just yesterday. Plans to travel home were made, prepping to spend hours in the kitchen cooking for family and friends and the only care in the world was to remember to get everyone a gift to put under the tree. The events of this past year have caused quite a shift in the atmosphere and proven to be a challenge for most. Learning new ways to entertain yourself, keeping your children occupied and thinking outside the box is essential if you want to re-introduce the feeling of normalcy back into your life.
If I had to describe this year there are a few choice descriptions but the most accurate would be likened to a 5000-piece puzzle with 1000 of those pieces missing. Seems quite hopeless right? You can't return it or exchange it for another because you got the very last one in stock, so then begins the challenge of dealing with it and attempting to make the best of a baffling situation.
It's that time of year! Santa and his elves have invaded every mall. Holiday parties have been planned, decorations have gone up, and budgets have been set. As Christmas approaches, preparations have been made to travel home, visit with family and friends, break out the holiday music, and simply get in the spirit. It's also the time of the year to gain a few extra pounds and blame it on your mom's famous lobster macaroni & cheese or your aunt's delicious and buttery pound cake. I just gained a few pounds thinking about it! Either way, it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.
New relationships are also pretty amazing during the holiday. You have someone to help you trim the tree with, sip on a little spiced eggnog, and take those super cute first Christmas pictures together. However, if it is your first major holiday, Christmas is by far the most stressful for new relationships. Expectations are natural, but it doesn't mean they are fair, you might have to adjust accordingly.
AJ writes & blogs from her home in Atlanta, GA. You can also find her work as a contributing writer at www.groovmagazine.com
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