Thursday, December 4, 2014

Is it Christmas Yet?

Joy to you and yours!
No? Phew! At the risk of revealing my age (which isn't 29), each year seems to zip by more quickly than the last. The holiday season pops up to remind me that I have to plan to have a couple of days completely reserved for family and close friends, with all of our favorite traditions and meals. It'd be so easy to get into crazy mode like I used to years ago, running myself ragged to please others and try to find some sense of self-worth from all of the "doing."

That was then, this is now:

I have revisions due in less than 2 weeks, on a book (Navy Justice) I think has the potential to be my best Superromance yet, but um, potential is something that needs to be polished and coaxed out of the mess of words I gave my editor last month. There are two Christmas decorations in place so far: a lighted sign on my kitchen counter that spells "JOY" and the new Christmas tree that came yesterday (and I put up in 15 minutes, thanks to the new 'click and snap' construction). Decorating the tree isn't a priority at the moment. No cookies made, no dough in the freezer. Not yet. I don't need the cookies around, not until Christmas. And no more baking dozens of several different types of cookie--I asked my family to pick one or two that are their favorites. We can get to them when my college kids come home from university, closer to Christmas.
Bare-Bones Tree

I am making sure that I exercise at least 5-6 times per week if not each day, for an hour. And I'm getting to a yoga class twice a week. Healthy food is in the house. For the beloved part of any writer's day, the coffee/tea/snack break, this is especially important. I don't need junk food to stress out my body during what can become a very stressful time of year. I'll need breaks from the writing, of course, and I will use those times to decorate bit at a time. I found it's much more fun and pleasurable this way--and it helps keep me sane!
I wish all of you a wonderfully joyous and loving holiday season. If you celebrate Christmas, please accept my wishes for your Merriest Christmas yet.

As my gift to you I'll pick one person who leave a comment to send a copy of either Navy Christmas or Coming Home for Christmas, along with an ornament/bookmark. Check back to see if you've won!



21 comments:

Colleen C. said...

We have not decorated yet... but I am happy to say I finished all of my shopping yesterday! I am glad that was painless this year, lol! Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday season!

BW said...

Hi

You sound like you have it much more together than me. However, I do have most of my shopping done and I do have some decorations up. My tree is up but not decorated, maybe this weekend.

Delancey Stewart said...

Best wishes on your noble holiday plan. My own plans involve simply surviving! :) We are moving on the 13th. Yeah. Cuz that makes sense. And then I'll be a decorating (and unpacking) madwoman before company arrives on the 22nd! :) I want to be you when I grow up.

Kaelee said...

I'm slowly getting the shopping done. Any baking will come much closer to Christmas so it is still there a Christmas. We go to my sister's place for Christmas so I don't put up a lot of decorations for my cats to wreck.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

LMD said...

Limiting decorations this year due to new puppy with lots of energy and getting tall enough to reach more things! Should be less stressful - I think? Enjoy the quiet times.

Geri Krotow said...

Colleen, you are the Christmas goddess! I bow to your organization. I'm getting there, slowly…Merry Christmas!

Geri Krotow said...

BW I'm starting to like the tree without the ornaments. The light are what make it, anyhow (as we've had a tree that for the past 8 years whose lights hasn't always worked in the middle section). Merry Christmas!

Geri Krotow said...

Oh, Delancey I don't envy your holiday move. Moving is tough enough. But it may be an opportunity to keep it simple and enjoy what matters--and to order out a lot more! :) Merry Christmas!

Geri Krotow said...

Kaelee--you get my dilemma with the baking. I don't want to have any temptation around before the big day, and I don't want to have to bake twice! Merry Christmas!

Geri Krotow said...

LMD--that sounds like a good idea. Our dog Misha was an "adult" but still, two years ago he decided to eat a dish of walnuts (in the shells still--he left the shells) and his face blew up like he'd gone 9 rounds in the boxing ring. We gave him Benadryl and got him to the vet. Walnuts are one of the worst for dogs, especially German Shepherds (he's a mix, a rescue dog). So I'm all for keeping it quiet and cleaner with fewer decorations when it comes to our pets. Enjoy the puppy! Merry Christmas!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I do so much better with the healthy foods when the kids aren't home. Once they're home, they eat it all.
Trying not to stress out trying to make it perfect for everyone. Just all being together will be enough for us this year.

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

We will decorate after 12/16- when my daughter turns 16 and we take her birthday decorations down. Most of the presents have been bought Plenty of time to wrap them and bake,

bn100 said...

Already started to decorate

Mary Preston said...

I agree about the year just flying by. We are all ready for Christmas I think. Just some last minute shopping for fresh food. I enjoy it more if I am organised.

joye said...

I have my little neighbor girls help me decorate the tree. They love doing it. I bake them cookies for helping. They have been my neighbors for awhile now.
jwisley8@me.com

Geri Krotow said...

Susan, I agree. The "being together" part is the best.

Geri Krotow said...

Tammy, you are organized to have both a birthday and a major holiday in the same month. I hope your daughter enjoys her Sweet Sixteenth!

Geri Krotow said...

Mary, even with having major revisions I've managed to get the major food bought and put away for the big day. It's a relief!

Geri Krotow said...

Joye, isn't it great to have little ones to help out with the holiday? Their excitement makes me feel like a kid again, too.

Dawn Sadowski said...

Geri, pretty tree, does it really need more than lights?! Ill have to try the cookie recipe....always searching for the perfect cutout! Reading Navy Christmas now in my not so spare time..... Love to you and the family.... Dawn

Geri Krotow said...

Dawn, thanks for stopping by! And so far, no, the tree doesn't have any ornaments, it's pretty the way it is. :)

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