Originally Posted by PieSusan
Yes, I think part of the problem is all the expectations we place on ourselves to have everything perfect. Well, sometimes it is ok if things are good enough. Do what you can, ask for help if you need it, and quit stressing over it. So there is a little dust, or you have to postpone getting together because of weather--better to be safe than sorry.
I think you've nailed it, PieSusan. Sometimes "good enough" is perfect! There have been many years that every inch of my house was decorated beautifully - Martha Stewart would have been proud! When I had carefully selected the perfect gift for everyone and there were baked goods galore.
This year, I spent about 3 weeks taking care of my mom so when I got home a week ago, sorting out all the things my children needed advice on (or just a sympathetic mother's ear) took priority. So today, Christmas Eve, finds me with a sad little, haphazardly decorated tree, an entire house in need of a good cleaning, and not one gift wrapped!
In years past, I would have been frantic and berating myself. This year I know that my children don't see the tree as sad at all - they think it's beautiful. None of them notice the dust bunnies, nor do they mind the store bought cookies. In fact, we had a blast staying up until 4 am last night - the older sons crowded into my little sewing room watching a movie with me while I monogrammed the sheet set that is a Christmas gift for another son and his wife. There was laughter and silliness and it was wonderful.
Tonight will find me up til all hours again making the obligatory sugar cookies for Santa, and then wrapping like a mad woman after I finally get Fisher to sleep. It's craziness and a madhouse and I'll be exhausted but for this year, it's perfect.