I really despise these days just before Christmas.
We have really turned it into something that makes me want to skip it.
It is all about lists. Who do we have to get something for, who have we forgotten, did we send this card out? Did you see we just got a gift from someone we didn't get a gift for? What do the kids want? Is it too much, not enough? We are running out of time! We have to go to the school play, the concert, the party, drop something next door!
We then will be up late wrapping presents only to get up and start cooking a meal that will be way too much.
Maybe once the dishes are washed and put away, we can spend time with the family and find the real meaning.
But I get to this point every year over the last few years and wonder: what are we doing?
I do not feel the joy.
All I have wanted to do is spend quality time with my wife. Most of our time has been spent stressing lists.
She is better at this than I am, but I don't like it.
Sorry to be a Grinch.
But --- I think I am missing the point.
How do you unplug and stop this out of control train?
I fear it is going to stop itself soon.