It’s a wrap! Holiday Craziness Edition 2010 is over… almost. I have put away the gift wrap, scissors and tape scattered around the house. I have made a “returns” pile and finished three loads of dishes and laundry from Christmas dinner. I now find myself in a “purging” mood after the 60-day activity sprint that occurred between Halloween and New Year’s. Us moms shift into high gear over the holidays so, note to self for next year:
- Don’t hide presents purchased in July when they won’t be given until December –it guarantees that they will not be found until Dec. 26….
- Do purge decorations that were not displayed this year; they will still be unused next year and will continue to take up space in a non-essential “organizing bin.” Just get rid of the stuff and the bin!
- Don’t go on the one-month over-tired and over-sugared jag during the holidays.
- Do take a fun girlfriend getaway during the year and during the holiday season.
Now that it is almost 2011 I find myself wishing for more… 2010. Not so I can cross off extra items on the “to do list” but so I can capture back the ever elusive “down time” that seems to be in short supply.
Next year, instead of spending the three weeks before Christmas manically writing holiday cards, buying gifts and fulfilling social obligations I resolve to mandate personal “time-outs.” These self-imposed breaks will include going to a movie or play with my family and taking an evening or afternoon holiday outing with girlfriends to help with the holiday cheer. If I say it out loud, and certainly if I commit in writing, it must happen!
In the next few months Linda and I will be writing about getaways that last from 36 hours to one week. We will offer tips and anecdotes so you can make the most of your own time away. Hello 2011, I welcome you with enthusiasm and anticipation.
Carol Lewis Gullstad, Dec. 27, 2010