With 11 days until Christmas, I have found that my Christmas Planner has kept me on schedule. I may be hurting and wired from too much coffee, but I see that I should be able to get all the necessary chores done. Christmas comes too fast, but this schedule has made it so much more manageable.
A few weeks ago I made a master list of all the things that must be done to be ready for Christmas. Then, I took my calendar and placed each thing on a different day. Some days had more than one thing to do, but I tried to avoid this. Looking at everything spaced out gave me the courage to face all of my chores.
With one or two things each day, there was plenty of time to rest in between the chores. All of my shopping was done online and the last of my packages are arriving this week. I’ve wrapped about 4 presents each day and then had to ice my back. I’m dealing with more pain than usual in my back and neck, but that’s to be expected.
Hubby is helping me so much and my family is very happy with the lack of Christmas decorations in our home. We put up our 4 foot tree and decorated with silver and gold, which looks great with our apartment decor. The simpleness of the decorations is refreshing and also very cozy in the evenings as we all gather in the family room.
The rest of my time is being spent trying to destress and relaxing. When I drink a little too much coffee, my heart rate reminds me to sit down and drink some water. I’m able to stay on my sugar-free diet, although I’m not losing any more weight. Thinking about the holidays ahead is stressful because of all the people and events.
As an introvert, the back-to-back Christmas events wears me out, physiologically. When the large family gatherings get too “busy” I like to go to a room and be alone for awhile. Taking lots of deep breaths and drinking a cup of tea allows me to regroup. I find that I get more quiet each year and just enjoy listening to other people talk.
I think all the chronic illness and pain has made me more of a loner because much of the time I don’t even have the energy to talk. When I’m exhausted and hurting, I don’t want to talk about it all the time so I just get quiet. This can make me appear to be anti-social or unhappy to those that don’t understand.
I’ll just do the best that I can do. This is the time to keep my mind focused on Christ. It is His birthday, after all. As I try to not let the craziness of the holidays spoil my inner peace, I hope to enjoy the peace that Jesus has brought me. I pray that this peace will sustain you, too.
Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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