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Christmas Crunch

December 11, 2013
By Amy Witschey - Editor ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Are you feeling it yet? You know, the Christmas crunch? I think it happens to all of us. There is a moment when we just get overwhelmed by all the activities, all there is still on our to-do list.

I haven't felt it yet, but I?know I will. It's inevitable. We run ourselves ragged during December trying to do everything and do it perfectly. It's just too stressful, and probably why some people say they don't like the Christmas season.

Every once in a while I have someone say to me, "I just don't know how you do it all!" My response is usually, "Not very well." The more accurate response is that I couldn't do it at all without help-husband, family, babysitter, coworkers, a whole multitude of people and things.

It's impossible to do it all, do it all perfectly. So this Christmas-and quite frankly, throughout the year may I suggest that you stop trying to do it all. Stop trying to look perfect because it's too much for other people to live up to anyway.

When you feel the Christmas crunch, resolve that it's okay to be you. It's okay to have some faults and even to take some shortcuts during this season. Buy the cookies if you have to. Have takeout for dinner. Don't stress it. Focus on what's important to you. For me that will be my family, my job, and my gift wrapping I still can't cut too many corners there because I just love a pretty package. Of course my faith and church and recognizing the reason for this season the birth of Christ is of utmost importance too.



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