We only have a few days left before the crazy called “Holidays” are upon us. Logistically, there are more things to work out than we’re used to and the stress is already starting. At a time where it’s easy to get swept up in others expectations of a perfect holiday, it’s time to lay out some goals and come up with a game plan to not only survive it, but actually enjoy it.
Step 1: Focus on training. It’s easy to get away from training as office parties; family get togethers; kids school concerts; etc are in full swing. Training gets me through this stress. To take an hour every day and just focus on the task at hand in the gym is a huge stress relief for me, I’m thankful that I’m able to train.
Step 2: I remind myself that I need to be flexible. What I want may need some finagling but we’ll figure it out. I want my kids here at Christmas. How that’s going to happen in between travel; school; one who’s on the road for work and we never know where he’ll be from week to week is a toss up but hopefully we’ll figure it out. Just be flexible and trust that how it pans out will be fine.
Step 3: Have perspective. This brings up the jammie pants. I’m not going into detail but there was a storm brewing over tradition and how Bigg and I not being married is throwing a curve ball into the situation. We resolved it with Christmas beer (and I just came up with the idea that we should throw some bacon in that mix)…and perspective. I will consider those around me to be extremely blessed if some of the biggest worries they own is keeping a family tradition. While I can be pleased for them, I have others close to me who aren’t so fortunate and my heart is with them.
Step 4: Have plenty of alcohol on hand. Think I’m kidding? Nope. Good wine; awesome local brewed beer; and even some good ‘ol Wisconsin Old Fashion’s will be close at hand.
Step 5: Have fun. That will be the main goal, to enjoy. If the hustle and bustle becomes stressful…see Step 4.
Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven.
W C Fields