Holiday traditions are different for everyone. Some cut down their own Christmas trees while others host huge holiday gatherings. I don’t have time for that. I’m too busy crafting my greeting cards.
Now that most of them are in the mail, I can relax and focus on the rest of my Christmas traditions, like shopping, baking, shopping, trimming the trees, shopping, wrapping gifts, shopping…
I thought I would return to my old-fashioned printed cards, but not this year. It’s really hard for me to settle for something less. I’ve never settled in my life. Why start now? This card is another pop-up.
I confided in a friend about the stress involved in making them. She asked why I bothered.
I had to think about that.
Once an idea pops into my head, I become super excited and want to create it. I feel compelled, committed, obsessed. It’s a huge part of my already large personality.
The problem? I procrastinate the decision of what the card is going to look like until the last two weeks before Christmas. *gulp*
Believe me, I’m not just sitting around binge-watching House of Thrones, Madmen and Homeland although they are on my list. There are plenty of holiday preparations, blogging, writing, and life in general to keep me busy.
Once I have a concept, each card always takes a lot more time than I think. Then the deadline looms like a black cloud over my head. How can that be good? Blue skies and sunshine should surround my days while little finches flit in and out my kitchen window. That’s the irony for most everyone during the holidays. STRESS!
So, I came up with a BRILLIANT idea.
I shall sketch next year’s creation immediately, while dinking around binge “listening” to shows of my choice.
How about that? Then I will have an entire year to finish it. I can host a party again or at least relax and enjoy shopping, baking, shopping, trimming the trees, shopping, wrapping gifts, shopping…
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Robert from You’ve been Hooked!
–He brilliantly chronicles his bellman foibles in Niagara Falls.
Ingrid from Live, Laugh, RV
–She takes us on amazing journeys across the United States.
Renee at Craves Adventure
–She is an enlightened friend who encourages positivity in our own life journey.
Al from The Cvillean
–He shares his wit, wisdom and his sense of humor.
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I call him “Attic-man” from In My Cluttered Attic
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I know it’s a hectic time of year. I really appreciate each and every one of you who have reached out by leaving a comment throughout the year. And to all the readers of the Wild Ride, thank you so very much!
Merry Christmas to all and to all…
…I’ve got to go shopping.
What are your holiday traditions?