The holidays definitely snuck up on me this year. As they do every year, but still. I perpetually procrastinate decorating the house, buying presents and really getting into the Christmas spirit until about halfway though the month and then scramble at the last minute to get everything done. Every year I keep telling myself to start earlier, make more lists and manage my time better but old habits die hard.
We are flying back to Illinois for Christmas so we decided to forgo some of our usual traditions, which has eased the holiday stress just a bit. Instead of chopping down our own tree in the wilderness of Tahoe, we put up a light-up twig tree from Target. There are no stockings, no ornaments, and no lights on the house which, at times, I feel slight pangs of guilt about. However, it’s actually a win-win because I’m not playing hide-and-seek with ornaments that my 2 year old would definitely hide and he still LOVES the lights on his twig tree. So as long as he’s happy, he won’t know the difference. This year.