Yeah, me neither.
But it's okay, because I have learned a lot about the holidays over many years of holidaying, and I know the recipe for a happy holiday.
Tune into yourself, what experiences do you want, what traditions do you have, or want to start? Keep it simple if you're simple. Go crazy if Martha Stewart is your domestic goddess. Just tune out to what isn't 'you.'
The ads on TV, the radio, the online ads will all have jingly music, fake snow, ridiculously happy people and abnormally perfect families. The actors will be dipping into what seems to be an endless bank account to buy tons of things for tons of people and they're all so happy about it. No budget worries here!
Then there's the food commercials. We'll see grocery store ads and TV spots with roasted turkeys and hams and casseroles on large dining room tables located in neighborhoods where perfect snow falls on perfect people.
So tune it out, because it'll just stress you out.
Every year, most of us want to spend more than we have, eat more than we should, bake too late into the night and freak out because we have too much to do.
So tune out of the holiday buzz, fuss and glossy, photo-shopped, video-edited version of what it should be. Make it your own.
And if you don't know how to do that, go watch A Christmas Story.
This year, I'm about spending time with the family, about making memories.
I'm excited because I've got it all mostly planned.
I'm going to help Bear bake, and sew a stuffed monkey with him.
I'm going to do something with Turbo, mostly hang at swim lessons, I think. He's not big on chillin' with me.
I'm going to have tea with Drama Girl more often.
I'm going to take the boys to the Denver zoo lights, Husbear and Drama Girl included.
I'll decorate mildly, and not over-extend.
Christmas presents are budgeted and pre-planned, so there's no shopping stress for me, just Black Friday Fun - and it is fun if you have no mission.
Happy Merry Days!