Boy, Christmas can really get on top of you and hold you down like you're its bitch, can't it? A bunch of people at work have out been dealing with various injuries/illnesses/family drama, and the dentist told me that stress-related tooth injuries make this is their busiest time of the year by far. So far I am holding my own. My shopping is finished, although I haven't wrapped anything, and two things haven't arrived in the mail yet. My Christmas cards and stamps have been acquired, all but three cards have been sent out. I put up our tabletop Christmas tree and lit my Christmas-scented Yankee Candles and pulled out my Christmas t-shirts (living in Florida, t-shirts make more sense than Christmas sweaters).
I'm trying to keep a close eye on my teeth/jaw,since I don't know if I am clenching my teeth in my sleep until it becomes a problem. So far it's been fine. I don't want to end up back at the dentist. I also don't want a repeat of the really bad migraine I had last Christmas.
I love Christmas. I look forward to it all year, and when it's finally here I happily sing Christmas songs and bake cookies and curl ribbons and watch the tv specials from my childhood. The tricky part is not getting stressed, especially over things that are made up or blown out of proportion by my own expectations. Last year I got too stressed, and honestly now I don't even remember why.
Every year Mom asks me not to get her anything because she won't have any gifts for me, but I still take her a couple of things so we can open up presents in her apartment on Christmas Eve night. Last year instead of making a family photo calendar I got her a calendar of Robert Tuckwiller's art, the landscape artist who lives right exactly where we are from. Mom loved it, so I'm giving her the new one this year. I have to admit, I got a second one for myself to hang up at my desk at work. His beautiful paintings make me positively homesick. I also got a great Black Friday deal on a digital photo frame for her. When I received it, I wasn't thrilled with the resolution, but it seems to work just great and it's very easy, so I think I'll give it to her anyway. I'm loading up a memory card with photos and hope to get some from my sister and my niece.
The little old lady who lives next door to us is in the hospital. I'm not sure what's going on with her, but I like her; she's very sweet, and I hope she is okay. It really does seem like practically everyone is having some kind of problem right now.
If you are stressy, please take a moment to enjoy this incredible video of Annie Lennox singing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, from her new Christmas album. It's truly beautiful.