You know...I think I am going to like this Christmas. Usually people are stressed to the max during this time of the year. Did they buy the right gifts, are they going to make their travel plans, will there be inclement weather, etc. I see it everywhere. But I have a holiday rule that we are sticking to, and I couldn't be happier. I will only travel during one major holiday a year. Since we went to see my family for Thanksgiving, we are staying put for Christmas.
Selfish? Maybe, but I'm ok with that. I love the comfort of my own home and my own schedule and, if I'm being honest, I like Joel all to myself. Anyone at anytime is invited to spend the holidays with us, but my mother-in-law just had knew replacement surgery and my mom is too stubborn to travel, so, we have a holiday for two planned (plus the pets, of course).
I love my family, and Joel's, but honestly? I'm looking forward to a little downtime, just the two of us. It's been a while since we've had any. Gifts have been bought and delivered for family, so there's no stress there. I'll just focus on making a nice little dinner for the two of us, Midnight Mass, and (hopefully) sleeping in. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? I think so, too.
So whatever you're doing...be merry, and be kind. I've noticed the holiday stress getting to people, but my advice is just to go back to the basics, and not worry over the little things this holiday season.