So, remember a couple of days ago when I complained a whole bunch and gave you a whole sappy story about Christmas and how I'm bummed to be lacking holiday spirit? Well, things only got worse after I published that grumbling post. I hit rock bottom and had a bit of a cry fest complaining to Ian that he needs to just suck it up and celebrate with me. (I bet you're expecting me to say that worked, but I can assure you it only made him hate Christmas more. 'Oh! The pressure.')
Despite his refusal to participate, he did say one thing during my mopey, 'why won't you just take off your Scrooge outfit and change it in for a Santa beard' chat, that I found helpful: "It's not my responsibility to give you holiday cheer. That's up to you." Ugh, truth. Truth shoved right in my wee-little face like a terribly icy face wash. Of course, he's right. Although I know it would help if he was in the spirit, too, I also know that it's not his job to provide me with the holly jollies. No, I have to do that for myself. SO! I'm going to. Screw this moping around feeling sorry for myself BS. I'm going to kick the sads out of my stockings right this instant. And, so, here for all of you is how I plan to do it...
|(The cards I made last year.)|
The first step to wriggling out of my Christmas blues is something that I've already done. I signed up for Jessa and Judd's Christmas card swap. So, I, along with nine other bloggers, will be creating nine specially crafted cards for the other participants in the swap. This means, nine beautiful handmade cards will arrive in each of our mailboxes before the big day. How fun, right? To be honest, I'm really excited about this little project. I think it's a great first step to getting my Christmas pants on.
The second step to regaining holiday spirit is easy peasy. I'm going to buy some pine scented candles. This was a suggestion from Sondra after I wrote my depressing, rambling mess of Christmas confusion the other day, and I know she's right. I love the smell of a fresh tree in my house at Christmas time. There's no way you can breathe that in and not feel a least a wee bit festive.
The third step is to participate in as many Christmas activities as possible. I've already volunteered to tend bar at the town Christmas party at the end of December. I'm attending a work Christmas party in a couple of weeks, and I might also attend the Chamber of Commerce party (which is uber fancy, so that could be really fun!). And, I'm also participating in a Christmas craft fair on Dec. 7. For now, that's all that's on the list, but I hope to flesh it out as Dec. 25 draws closer, so that Christmas will be up in my grill as often as possible.
Finally, the fourth step is two-fold: a) stop feeling sorry for myself and b) take bloody control of my life. I am the only one to blame if this Christmas sucks, so it's my responsibility to make sure it doesn't. So, I'm going to decorate as much as I want, even if it means doing it all alone. I'm going to play Christmas music and I'm going to make gifts for the people who matter to me. I'm going to bake and be merry and that's that. There's just no holding me back now!
What do you think? Is my plan aggressive enough? Am I missing any steps?