Monday, December 26, 2011

The Holiday Hangover


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I’m not talking about drinking too much alcohol (you’re on your own for that one.) No – I’m talking about that feeling you get the day after all the holidays when you realize ... it’s over. It may be a feeling of sadness, it may be a feeling of relief – for me it’s more of a “What just happened?”

All those weeks of planning, shopping, wrapping, decorating, creating the perfect holiday card, baking, cooking, cleaning, and everything else required to make this year the best ever, Then with a blink of an eye – it’ over.

In its place, you are left with piles of crumpled wrapping paper, toys strewn all over the floor because they are too big for the shelves, a sink full of dishes, and a floor full of pine needles. As each day passes, you wonder why Santa’s elves haven’t come back to help clean up? After all – weren’t you good all year too? Finally at some point (it may or may not have been February last year) you decide to remove the ornaments, take down the tree, and put away the decorations.

Why do you put yourself through this craziness every year? I’ll tell you why: it’s more than just hearing the kids yell in delight when they open “that” gift – although that is pretty awesome. It’s having everyone together, it’s letting people know you care, it’s a time for teaching, a time to give to others who are less fortunate. It’s a time to be united – to celebrate the good in everyone - to believe in miracles. It’s a time for family and traditions -a time to love and be loved.

So take that holiday hangover! You may make a mess and leave me feeling frazzled – but I wouldn’t have it any other way!


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