Holiday Stress.

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It’s December.  Which means we are in the middle of another jam-packed holiday season.

This sounds like a good thing.I Need a Vacation.  And Not to Disney.

It’s not.

I’m not saying the holidays are bad, just busy.  Way too busy.

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving and Christmas constituted the most exciting time of the year.

The anticipation.  The gifts (even the socks and underwear).  Snow.  Time off from school.

It was great.

It was a nice change of pace from the rest of the hectic year.

Today, holidays mean a lack of sleep and not enough room on my Google calendar (I don’t really have a Google calendar but I’m trying to make a point and promote technology use in schools all at the same time).

Each year, around the 20th of November I know my time is no longer my time.

It is merely a block of minutes in which I’m required to be somewhere doing something with some people.

These people come in all shapes and sizes.  Friends, co-workers, relatives, and acquaintances.

And other people you may want to rain blows down upon (everyone who emails me an explanation of this line wins… nothing).

Now before you email me about my Bah, Humbug spirit (with the word Scrooge in the subject line), hear me out.

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is filled with the following:

Thanksgiving dinners (2)

Christmas Parties (1… I’m really not that popular)

Christmas Parade

Winter Concerts (2)

Christmas Program at church (2)

Christmas Gift Openings (3)

Christmas dinner

Girl Scouts (2)

Requests for Fundraising Donations (1 gazillion)

School board meeting

Basketball practice (2)

Basketball games (5 or more)

Wife’s workshops (5)

Vacation to Disneyland or world (thankfully only 1… I just don’t know which one we are visiting)

A 5k

Piano Lessons (7)

Dog walks (75… Buddy drinks way too much water)

Presentations (4)

Meetings (more than I can count)

Interviews (1 … again, not that popular)

Blogs (10 at least)

Naps (0… or 1 if I’m lucky)

Holiday lunches at school (2)

Emails (over 1,000… really)

Shopping (actually I don’t shop, so scratch this one)


These are just the things I could remember without looking at my non-Google calendar.  I didn’t even mention the getting fat from too much food and too little exercise.

If I get a free second and I sit down to watch TV, all I see are commercials where beautiful people are giving each other gifts that I know they can’t afford in real life.

My point is the holidays aren’t really holidays.

At least they aren’t as peaceful and restful as I think they should be.

I’m not sure what the answer is, but there has to be a better way.

**Note from “the wife”…  I DO have a Google calendar and promote technology use in the schools.  I am what you call the real deal… and according to that aforementioned calendar, I too am overbooked!

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4 Responses to “Holiday Stress.”

  1. nbrach
    on Dec 7th, 2009
    @ 4:00 am

    Note to wife:
    add to that…
    Christmas tree shopping
    Christmas tree decorating
    house decorating
    Everything involved with Christmas cards
    and undoing it all when it is over…
    When you get home, I’m here to help.

  2. sadams
    on Dec 7th, 2009
    @ 1:41 pm

    I would reply, but….
    I am a Principal, wife, mother and have no time left on my Outlook Calendar (that too many people can access).

  3. mcorbett76
    on Dec 9th, 2009
    @ 7:27 pm

    As a teacher (not a principal with a cushy job!) I also have to add give and grade any number of final exams, final reports, final projects, etc. to that list. So glad we get a Christmas break or I would have a mental breakdown!

  4. Barbra Stephens
    on Dec 10th, 2009
    @ 12:28 pm

    Hi…uh, would a nice fruit basket help? Hmmm-m. Part of the illusion of the holidays I have least for me, is that it’s NOT supposed to be a stressful time for most people…which adds to their stress.
    I hope you all feel better soon….taking care of everyone else is hard work.

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