Now that Thanksgiving is in our turkey-smeared rearview mirror, the holiday season is in full swing. We can no longer eye-roll the marketing and messaging for starting too early, because like it or not, Christmas is just a month away. It is officially time to begin freaking the eff out.
Well, it is if you're me, anyway. I have a tendency to spend December in a sort of constant pinball TILT mode, panicked by massive to-do lists, increased expenditures, family members who are seriously impossible to shop for, and the nagging fear that I'm not making the holidays special enough because I didn't make any adorable glitter-dusted pinecones or ornament wreaths or felt poinsettia leaves or ANY CRAFTS WHATSOEVER OH GOD WHY AM I SUCH A LOSER.
Anyway. This year, I am determined to make some changes. By Santa's beard, I swear I am NOT going to mentally unravel this December -- and here are my eight steps for retaining my sanity, one Holiday Don't at a time.
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Every year I go clicking through the various personalized photo-card designs and every year I despair over the fact that my family photo looks nothing like the gorgeous examples. Unlike the photo card families, we're not perfectly lit, surrounded by dramatic bokeh, wearing beautiful clothes, or adhering to a color theme. Heck, it's a good year if all four of us are even looking at the damn camera. This time around, I resolve to just order my cards and move on instead of wallowing in regret that I didn't hire a professional photographer/magician.