For those of you who celebrate Christmas, what fragrant, beauty, or relaxing rituals do you employ to help you keep your sanity during this season of holiday madness? Or for those of you who don’t celebrate it, how do you deal with and/or avoid the craziness that the season brings?
A massage, a pedicure or manicure? A long, relaxing bubble bath? A coffee or tea break with an old friend? An hour (or three) tucked in a comfy chair with a favorite book?
Or are you one of those thrill-seekers who thrive on the energetic buzz of crowds, the excitement of a busy shopping area and the thrill of the hunt for a parking space?
I used to be a little of the above, excitedly setting my alarm clock for a very early hour and hitting the a.m. blockbuster sales, loving the trek up and down crowded beauty aisles with SAs waving GWPs at passers-by, but no more. As I got older, and especially after becoming a mom, my get-up-and-go, shop-’til-you-drop spirit kind of got up and went.
Now I try to do as much online as I can. And if I must brave the brick-and-mortar retail world and the ensuing holiday madness, I aim for 11 a.m. or so on a Monday or Tuesday. And most definitely BEFORE the week of Dec. 20, when stores seem to be the least busy (relatively speaking).
As for relaxing, while my son and husband have the TV going full-tilt in the den, I retreat to our formal living room at the front of the house. Armed with a good book and a big cup of tea, I light a candle or two and bask in the soft glow of the Christmas tree and the outside lights reflected in the windows. Surrounded by antique furniture that belonged to my grandparents (who raised me), I find a cozy, comforting, nostalgic vibe there that soothes me and has me easing into the world of whatever book I’m reading. Right now, I’m editing a manuscript for a friend of a friend (mostly a mystery but with a little romance thrown in) and even though I’m having to pay strict attention and mark the pages, I’m enjoying the story, too. And that in itself relaxes me, transporting me far away from the holiday madness.
Later this week, I’m looking forward to staying home and baking cookies with my son as well, and perhaps helping my DH break in the new smoker he got for an early Christmas gift. And of course, staying far, far away from any type of shopping establishment (and movie theatre, ha!). The local Kroger will be about as adventurous as I get, and it will take a semi-emergency in the kitchen to get me to brave that.
What about you? Let us know how you cope with the holiday madness.
BTW, speaking of movie theatres, have any of you seen the new “Star Wars” film? Feel free to share your thoughts about it. I’d like to see it, but perhaps in, oh, let’s say, February or March? 🙂
Seriously, though, I wish each and every one of you a safe, enjoyable and blessed season as 2015 comes to a close.