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I admit that December is not my favorite time of year. I do like Christmas–I enjoy giving and receiving presents, being with family, seeing the joy on my son’s face when he opens that gift he really, really wanted. But the holidays are extraordinarily stressful for me. The stress of getting the perfect (or sometimes, just any) gift, for making treats for my kid’s teachers, sending all the presents off so they get there in time, the 13 hour drive, yadda yadda yadda.
In an effort to make the season a bit more sane, a few years ago I stopped sending Christmas cards–I just couldn’t do it any more, although I am sorry not to receive cards from friends. This year we decided not to make treats for all of the teachers–sorry, guys. There’s even some doubt that we will put up the Christmas tree this weekend, although I am trying to get into the spirit. I am strangely world weary this year, and I couldn’t really tell you why. Life is good, work is busy, family is healthy, and next month, my first book will be published. Perhaps it is my innate cynicism waiting for the other shoe to drop, or perhaps I just need a little vacation.
Do you get the holiday blues? How do you get yourself out of them?
Are you ready for the holidays? If you’re answer is a resounding, “Not even close!” Welcome to the club. This year I find myself well and truly behind. Let me explain. If you’re a long time reader of this blog you know we do our Christmas celebration any day but Christmas. For the sake of meshing schedules, it’s later this year than it’s ever been.
So, I’m planning no decorations, no shopping, no guests, and no big meals. Whew! We’re the only home with no outdoor lights in our neighborhood. (Yes, the Grinch is my favorite holiday character in case you were wondering.) Just a quiet holiday with my guy. And then last night…
My son calls and is bringing his girl whom we’ve never met home because he wants to be ‘home’ before Christmas. And some friends are coming in from out of town. These are two fabulous surprises, but they aren’t bad. No way. I couldn’t be happier. However, you know what I have to pull off in seven days, before they get here.
Most of the time, I love living in the country. I wouldn’t trade it. Except at times like this. To find some things I’d like to get, have, or do, requires at least a fifty mile round trip to town, so I’m making adjustments to avoid spending the time on travel. Because even after a couple years, I still have the urge to just run over to the mall (which we don’t have one of) or where ever and just pick something up.
And this morning the dog got sprayed by a skunk. Which is now hanging around our house, maybe in hopes of more entertainment from the dog? When it came toddling out of the woods at me, I confess to standing there like an idiot. It just kept coming. I’m thinking it’s going to be scared any minute. Well, no. I ran away from it, the dog ran at it, and then it was on. It’s been downhill from there.
I admit to being curious about how others handle unexpected surprises during the holidays. Stress is stress, whether it’s good or bad. Yes, I’m thrilled but I can see the exhaustion bearing down like a freight train. The only weapon I have is my sense of humor, which I use liberally this time of year.
Do you have a trick you use to reduce stress during the holidays?
I love celebrating Christmas, but just not yet. It’s way too soon to start and each year the decorations seem to appear earlier and earlier.
In a former life, we often took a holiday in the run up to Christmas to get away from all the fuss. Now, we live on a mountain in a really remote area of southern Spain, so it’s easy to ignore.
On Christmas Eve, we’ll put up the decorations, and then I will get into the festive spirit—I promise.
In the meantime, there are other things to celebrate. Like the release of TAKING CONTROL, my latest Brazen contemporary romance which comes out on Monday, 15th December 2014.
And even more reason to celebrate, TAKING CONTROL is on sale at only 99 cents up until release day. So order your copy now!
“…one read you definitely want on your kindle this Christmas to warm you up…” — Kiwi Book Nerd
A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
Why play nice when you can be naughty?
Jessica Bauer is aces when it comes to security, but the PR side? Not so much. Now she has a chance to take over Knight Securities―if she plays nice with the next client. Unfortunately, that client happens to be Declan McCabe. And it’s too bad someone wants him dead, because after he broke her heart ten years ago, Jessica would have cheerfully murdered him herself.
Declan has taken his dad’s not-so-reputable company and turned it around, and in the process, he’s attracted the attention of some vicious killers. The only perk is being reunited with Jessica, who Declan still wants so much he can barely see straight. But Jessica has a plan of her own. She’ll protect Declan. She’ll have unbelievably hot sex with him. And when the job is finished, she’ll move on. Except that this time, Declan isn’t so willing to walk away…
Julie Jarnagin – Hey guys! It’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for Christmas! I love decorating the tree, taking my boys to see the Christmas lights, the music, and all the fun that surrounds the holiday.
Unfortunately, I don’t love the shopping. I’m not the type who enjoys fighting the crowds for a good deal. That’s why I do most of my Christmas shopping online.
This year I also ordered a few gifts for myself. 🙂
I had asked my husband for a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. I have one of the earliest versions of the Kindle with the buttons and keyboard on the bottom (no touch screen) and a book light on the case (no back light.) It’s definitely time to upgrade. When I saw the great deals on Thanksgiving, I went ahead and did my husband’s Christmas shopping for him. He also got me a cute purple case. Thanks, honey!
Then, my mom told me she wanted to get me a new coat for Christmas. So on Monday, I found this great deal for a cute coat on Mod Cloth. (25% off and free shipping – Yay!)
But this season isn’t all about getting. From now until Christmas, I’m donating $1 to Compassion International for every new newsletter signup. So sign up today to get the latest news about new releases and occasional freebies and to help out a great organization!
Did you find any great Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?