There are a lot of great blog posts floating around the blogosphere right now focused on what people are doing this holiday season. Whether it’s new holiday traditions or new ways to save money, many of you are doing fabulous things to celebrate the holidays. I applaud you and your enthusiasm. And so I sat down to write about all my new holiday craft projects, but quickly realized that I haven’t crafted anything. Then I thought about sharing stories of new family holiday traditions, but then I realized that we haven’t started any new traditions either. And that’s when it hit me! Instead of sharing all the things I’m doing this Holiday Season, maybe you would be interested to know all the things I’m NOT doing this Holiday Season! And so…
Top Five Wednesday: Top Five Things I’m Not Doing this Holiday Season
1) Mailing Christmas Cards early. You know those Christmas Cards I mentioned in my list of lessons learned in November. Yeah, they are still sitting on my desk. The good news? I’m almost finished addressing them. The bad news? I still haven’t made it to the post office to buy stamps. At this rate, my family and friends will be lucky to get those cards by Valentine’s Day.
2) Dieting. Now let me be clear…I’ve never deluded myself into thinking that I could actually LOSE weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. But in the past, I’ve felt guilty about every cookie, glass of eggnog, and plate of turkey and stuffing consumed during the holiday season. Not this year! I’ve decided that guilt and holiday celebrations don’t mix. And so I will eat that delicious cookie with the Hershey kiss on top and I will not feel bad about it. At least not until January 2nd.
3) All those cute holiday craft and decorating ideas I pinned on Pinterest. Back in the fall, I may have had delusions of being Martha Stewart this year. I pinned many cute craft ideas and DIY projects that looked simple yet fabulous. I pinned pictures of beautifully decorated homes showcasing fabulous holiday décor on mantles, in entryways, and wrapped around staircase railings. I happily pinned idea…after idea…after idea. And do you know how many of those ideas I’ve even tried to execute? None. Zero. Zilch. And I predict that it will stay that way for the rest of the holiday season.
4) Beautifully wrapped holiday gifts. I hate gift-wrapping. Really and truly. I don’t have the patience for it. It’s not that I don’t try, because I do…at least for the first gift or two. But gift-wrapping takes FOREVER! The paper rips while I’m cutting it. The tape gets stuck to the wrong part of the paper. The corners of the gift box tear through the wrapping paper just as I’m putting the finishing touches on the bow. (And by finishing touches, I mean pulling that adhesive paper off the back of those store bought bows—you know, those bows that come in the big bag of 40 and always look like Santa sat on them for a few hours in his sleigh before they arrived at the store.) I still wrap gifts and I try as best I can to make them look half-way decent. But I am bad at wrapping gifts. And this year will be no different.
5) Elf on the Shelf. I know, I know. Kids love The Elf. The Elf is fun! The Elf is a holiday tradition the whole family will love! And you know what? I agree…in theory. I know my kids would love having an Elf at our house. They would wake up every morning, joyfully search throughout the house for him, and laugh happily when they discover the antics he’s been up to all night. But here’s the reality…I would go to bed at night and completely forget to move The Elf. The kids would wake up the next morning, find The Elf in the exact same location he’s been in for a week, and then cry because their Elf is defective and clearly isn’t telling Santa how good they’ve been behaving and how many wonderful toys they deserve for Christmas. It would be a Christmas Tragedy. And so there is no Elf at our house. Do I feel a little guilty about this? Yes, yes I do. Do I feel guilty enough to run out and purchase The Elf? No, No I do not.
I would love to hear what things you AREN’T doing this Holiday Season! And if you have The Elf at your house, how do you remember to move him every night?!?