The chaos of the season
Somehow I always end up feeling rushed and stressed in December, no matter how much I prepare or plan ahead. This year is different but the same.
In December, 2012 I was very pregnant and trying to plan Christmas around prepping final exams and grading for 5 (6?) classes. I was also finalizing layouts and edits for the book. I made a Christmas quilt but didn't get it quilted in time.
In contrast, this year I have no end-of-the-semester stress, no snowy frozen commutes , and almost all of my Christmas shopping was done before Thanksgiving. But still I feel like I'm running around trying to get a million things done at the same time. That there will never be enough time to do it all. Ahhhhgh.
Does anyone have any secrets for staying calm and sane during the holidays? Please share!
(We did manage a nearly stress-free Thanksgiving though. My secret: baked sweet potatoes)
Quilting, as always, is great stress relief, but all of the sudden lately it seems when I take time to quilt instead of doing some other chore, I just fall behind in my routine and spend the rest of the week recovering.
Gone are the ideas of handmade presents, care packages to far away friends, and planning holiday parties. I'll be lucky if my Christmas cards make it on time (the international ones, anyway). And the quilt from last year? Which sat, basted in my closet for 11 months ... I have 24 days. I hope I'll find the time..