Thursday, December 9, 2010

Annual pre-Christmas Meltdown

Every morning, I grab my coffee, and browse around blogland, infusing my mind with Christmas gorgeousness.  Beautiful homes, decorated with wondrous, magical Christmas trees...mantels bursting with old-world santas; chubby, smiling snowmen...luscious stairway banisters wound with seas of evergreens and twinkling stars...
and then I look around at what I haven't done, the tree that is not there yet,  piles of newly-made ornaments not-quite-finished.  My list of things-I-want-to-make...and bake...multiplying by the hour.

I've already had my annual pre-Christmas meltdown.  And I realize, I need to stop.
Why do I do this every year to myself?
I've crossed the line from inspiration to envy to "why can't I ever get it together like everyone else?".

I've done enough.  I've made several new cross-stitch ornaments for our tree.
I don't need to keep making more.
I don't need to impress family's joy is enough.
I have to imprint the word "enough" into my mind, and allow myself to enjoy the holiday season, not stress about everything being "perfect".

I think I'll put up the tree this weekend, sip some eggnog... watch some Christmas movies...and get back to feeling the spirit of the holidays in my heart.


  1. I am trying not to get stressed out and enjoy the holidays, too. I just do a little each day and we still have 16 days left! I want it to be fun, and not a drudgery. Of course, I am retired and I don't have to work, I am so lucky that way. I did have to do it the hard way for many, many years, so now, I want to savor it all. Enjoy!

  2. I get a kick out of this. My friend Jeannie is before me. I had no idea she would be there, lol...Anyway, the reason I am here is to tell you. YES...Drink your eggnog, watch your movies and kick back. It isnt about the decorating. And guess what if you dont get to the tree; there is next weekend. It is about enjoying the Season as you would like to do. SO DO IT!!! ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND.... Many Blessings.

  3. Melt down. I'm having one right. stinking. now.

  4. First, thank you for visiting my blog and for posting about the Giveaway!

    I love this post! It's exactly what I've been dealing with. Frustration that my Christmas isn't coming together like all those I see. I'm going to do exactly what you suggested, and just enjoy!

    Nita Jo

  5. I am trying to avoid my breakdown this year, so far so good! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

  6. there's no christmas tree police....maybe fresh greenery will inspire more?

    if you only decorate with some fresh sprigs or a spray, think of all the time and frustration you'll avoid while everyone is putting all the stuff up? lOl!

  7. Sounds like you have the right idea -things don't have to be perfect. We don't have a xmas tree up either so don't feel like you're the only one ;) sometimes the little things are enough

    enjoy a beautiful weekend! :)


    p.s. I have a little giveaway over at

  8. Hi Pippi, I am your newest follower. *hugs*

    p.s. "No one's got it together" *wink*

  9. Pippi: Your cross stitching is beautiful! It's so fun to find your blog. Thank you for visiting mine. I look forward to seeing all that you do!

  10. Christmas is always like that - we feel that we have to fulfil those picture perfect postcards - so we are set up for failure because no one can!

    Thanks for visiting my blog - isn't the party fun?

    hugs, Kaye

  11. Yes Yes yes... so many expectations we put on ourselves. I hope you managed to enjoy your Christmas. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog! Your blog is lovely and I look forward to following along with you! Cheers!

  13. I went to find your blog and I came across this post. This is how I'm feeling right now! Thank you for sharing it. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  14. You write so beautifully Pippi! Lots of truth in your words to ponder and about a subject that will help us all.