Meredith Masony is the witty voice and personality behind the blog That’s Inappropriate. She openly shares about life, marriage, motherhood, and her quest to be the best, most authentic person she can be.
I was sitting on the couch after the kids went to bed the other night and it hit me. It’s been a long day. All I wanted to do was sit with my feet up and look at the Christmas Tree. There is something special about staring at the Christmas Tree, glowing with lights and sparkling with tinsel and ornaments. It makes me feel calm.
These past few months have been tiring. I’ve been tired. Like bone tired. When I think back, I laugh at how I thought I was tired in my early twenties. I had no idea what tired was. Now at the age of 37 with three kids, a small business, a house, a husband, multiple dogs, and an actual life, I totally understand tired. When I sit down and exhale, my body resembles a deflated tire. Some nights, I swear I can actually hear hissing as the air escapes my body. On some nights, however, that is just my husband passing gas. I feel the tired in my bones, straight into the marrow.
Why am I telling you this? Well the holidays seem to magnify the “bone tired” feeling I am currently experiencing. The shopping, the family gatherings that require cooking and cleaning, the parking lot struggles…and not to mention the shopping, wait I already said that, didn’t I?
As a child, I remember waking up on Christmas morning and seeing the Christmas Tree standing tall and proud, full of presents at its mighty base. I had no idea the amount of work that was required to bring that Christmas Magic into the home. I had no idea the amount of work that my parents had to go through to produce those Merry Christmas Mornings. The hours of work and wrapping. The bicycles that had to be assembled and the stockings that had to be stuffed.
As a parent, I know now. My parents were also “bone tired,” sitting on the couch with their coffee, eyelids heavy and back aching. I have moved into that era of my life.
Now, sitting down to look at the tree, twinkling with magical delight, makes me realize how happy I to be “bone tired.” I am blessed. I am exhausted, but blessed.
Don’t get me wrong, the thought of all the shopping that has yet to be finished and the wrapping that has yet to be done makes me want to hide until the new year. I am the worst wrapper on the planet. A blind, geriatric T-Rex can wrap a gift better than I can. I am seriously the worst.
But still, I’m lucky to have people to be wrapping gifts for. I am lucky to have a house to bring Christmas home to. So, I am going to make it a point this month to take a few minutes each night and enjoy the tree. Enjoy the quiet. Enjoy the memories that those hand-made ornaments give me. One day soon, my kids will be grown. They will no longer run to my tree with the look of excitement in their eyes. The holidays might be a ton of work, but my Christmas Tree gives new life to these tired bones. My tree reminds me that I am blessed and that I will survive the holiday hustle.
So, in the spirit of giving, here are 5 tips to surviving the holiday hustle that is bound to sneak up on you any day now.
1. Sit down.
I don’t care where, just sit. I recommend in front of the tree so you can look at the lights and escape reality for five seconds. Other acceptable places to sit include your bathroom floor, your closet, under your desk, or behind the sofa. The bottom line is SIT!
2. Enjoy some holiday cheer with friends.
A good dose of “Grinch Be-Gone” will keep your spirit merry! Have a glass of bubbly, a nice hot toddy, perhaps some spiked eggnog (if you drink eggnog. I personally think it is an abomination, but to each their own.) If you don’t drink, that’s cool. Have some cocoa and talk celebrity gossip, trash talk your nosey neighbors. Just have some good conversation with friends. Try doing it in person if you can.
3. Play nice.
My favorite game is complimenting a person who is always extra spiteful during the holidays. Watch, I’ll show you how it goes.
Mother-in-Law: “Oh my! Did you make that casserole from canned goods? I didn’t know that was a thing that people did. Wow, you are such a fast food wizard.”
Me: “Well thank you so much for that compliment. I am so blessed to have you in my life.”
See what I did there? I could have join in on the “Nice-Nasties” but I decided to pay a compliment as to keep my soul fresh and jolly as opposed to fire and brimstone.
4. Spread the joy.
Any time you see anyone anywhere, greet them with a “Hello! Nice to see you.” You can also throw in a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Totally up to you, but I personally like to hold direct eye contact and smile while saying it. Try not to smile when someone is smiling at you. I dare you. You can’t. It is simply contagious.
5. Remember to take your vitamins!
It will keep you holly, jolly, merry, and filled with Yuletide glee. Well, that I can’t promise, but it will keep you in tip-top shape and ready to enjoy every minute of this holiday season.
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