Rush, rush. Busy, busy. For those that celebrate Christmas, and I find even with some of my friend and acquaintances that do not, the weeks leading up to Christmas is a chaotic whirlwind of planning, doing, going, buying, and crashing. I love everything, secular and nonsecular, related to Christmas from the cheesy store decorations, to music on the radio, to driving past twinkling lights each night on my way hone from work. I do not like stress, and wonder why for so many years, I let it rule my December. Last year was pretty good, up until the day itself. Wishing to keep the streak going, I dub this post, Christmas Countdown-Will it bring me joy edition, part one-activities.
I'm keeping activities to a minimum but for the next three weekends, I've got one something to look forward to each Saturday. If I feel like doing more, great, but if not, I'll be satisfied. This coming Saturday our local library is hosting a gingerbread house contest. DD2 will work at the kids event, and I will wander the exhibit, hopefully getting a few photos. I am not one for patience with putzy cookie decorations, but love the way people can be so creative.
The following week will be the trek to the county fairgrounds with any of my sisters, their kids and grand kids who want to come along. Each year the pioneer village is decked out in old time Christmas decorations. We like to go late afternoon so we can walk the whole village in daylight, but then see the transformation as the lights come on when the sun goes down. My sister will bring her thermos of cider and schnapps, and I'll do hot chocolate. We usually get a little snack at the general store, proceeds going to the historical society. December 17th is DD2's school holiday concert and this is the event of the season. They do two sell out performances (the school auditorium holds over 2,000 seats). People travel for this event-it really is spectacular if you are a fan of chorale music. She also has an orchestra concert leading up to Christmas break.
I enjoy church during advent season. There will be a few impromptu gatherings with friends, I hope, but nothing that requires much effort like Friday wine club and meeting a couple former coworkers for happy hour. I plan to turn over my kitchen to DD and friends to do some baking and crafting either next Saturday afternoon after the library or one of the Sunday's. I'll lay way back, sipping coffee, cocoa, wine, and ciders with a few other moms, for a low stress get together, maybe ending with a few take and bake pizzas. Basically, trying to keep December much the same as the rest of the year, but with a bit more sparkle. My motto for this year is if it brings joy, feel free to participate. If not, a simple no thank you to an invitation or a strike though on a to do list items shall suffice. We'll see how my resolve is as the weeks go on. I sometimes have the FOMO, fear of missing out, bug, when I hear and read others celebrations. I know too much just makes me cranky and not fully appreciate the season. How is your December shaking out?