Let The Chaos Begin

SnoopyHere we are. Entering into the holiday madness. Thanksgiving is this week. Then we have St. Nick’s Day … which, by the way, I had never heard about until my daughter’s babysitter introduced her to it. I was doomed from that year forward to continue the tradition of hanging a stocking and finding little gifts to fill it with. Then, of course, we have Christmas.

I think that’s when the real madness begins. It seems like there’s a mad dash to get everything done before the 25th of December. Cards have to be addressed and sent. Cookies baked. The fir tree is located and hauled home. Decorating in our household turns into a four or five day marathon. The perfect gifts are located and purchased. Dinners are prepared. Family and friends begin dropping in. It feels like it’s a constant rush to get everything done. To get everything perfect.

This can be a difficult time for a lot of people. I work a day job, tend to my family when I get home, try to handle difficult health issues and still try to get my writing done. Not an easy task during the best of times. Particularly for authors. For many of us, you can also include deadlines that have to be met. Edits, revisions, sometimes total re-writes. Throw in the holiday bustle, and you have utter chaos.

Mistle ToeDon’t get me wrong. I love the holiday season. I’m totally into it. In this age of cyber Christmas cards, I still insist on sending out real cards with a short, but special message for each family member or friend. Our decorations have been collected and treasured over the years. I could probably tell you where each ornament came from and the story behind it. In fact, I go through the stories every year with my daughter to the point where I’m sure she’s sick of hearing them. But I want to instill those memories in her. So that one day she can tell her kids where grandma received a certain ornamental treasure and what it meant to her. I love driving home and looking at all the lights in the neighborhoods. Seeing Santa in the mall with the long line of children waiting to tell him what they want for Christmas. Gotta say, though. I’m glad I’m beyond that stage. I cannot tell you how many times I stood in those lines with my daughter. It was grueling.

No matter how you celebrate the holiday season … whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Islamic — whatever … it just seems like people tend to come together in some manner or form. We tend to be a little kinder to one another. We make time for those family members and friends we don’t see often enough during the rest of the year. We have a smile for a stranger. And we do little kindnesses for others. Too bad that warm and fuzzy attitude rarely continues throughout the year.

How ‘bout you? How do you handle the holiday madness? Do you throw yourself into it with a joyful zeal? Or do you allow the chaos to make you crazy?

About Liz Kreger

Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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6 Responses to Let The Chaos Begin

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I agree about the warm and fuzzy feelings. I write books that I hope will recapture those emotions, even for books that aren’t about the holidays. Sure, I get less work done during the season, but I love the feeling that people care for each other. I think it’s good for all of us.

  2. Liz Kreger says:

    I agree, Edie. That feeling of care for others, unfortunately, tends to be brief. Just don’t understand why it cannot continue throughout the year.

    And – yeah, less work gets done, but its worthwhile when you throw in the benefits of socializing with friends and family.

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Liz,

    I already lost most of this last weekend Christmas shopping with my kids as they bought gifts for each other. I have to admit that I’m glad my Thanksgiving is so much earlier than yours. It gives a bit of a break from the continuous choas.

    As much as I love the holiday season, it’s tough. Tempers fray, schedules go off the wall and there’s always so much to do. Still every year I find myself getting into the spirit of things. More so for the kids. Not sure what I’ll do when they all leave home. Maybe become a hermit! 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Design Trilogy

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Yeah, but then there’s that time when its late at night, everything is quiet, the regular lights are off and the tree lights are glowing in the dark. Christmas music is playing in the background and you’re just so totally relaxed. I love those moments when I can just take a little break from the madness and enjoy the quiet time. Those moments are few and far between.

  4. Liz, I love Christmas. The tree, the carols, the get togethers. But I’m finding the gifts harder and harder each year. I’ve run of out inspiration, I think 🙂
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Cover Reveal: Mistress of the Wind

    • Liz Kreger says:

      It is tough sometimes, Michelle, but this year, despite the fact that Erin really didn’t know what she wanted, I was able to find several items that I think she’ll like. Hubby, on the other hand ….

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