Posted by: chlost | December 18, 2011

And then it will be January

The past few weeks have been very busy.

So busy that I have not taken much time for this blog or to read any other blogs. I apologize.

I have to admit, however, that it feels good to be this busy. When I look back on past years, I am doing better at this holiday thing since b.c. (before children)…..and that is a long time!

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves during the holidays. At least I do. My family is relatively small. But even so, it takes planning, budgeting, organizing and just plain hard work to pull off the holiday celebration that I envision. My preference is for a low-key day of family. But even that takes a lot of work.

My days have been filled with online shopping, list making and revising. My shopping includes doing so on behalf of my mom. She revises her list almost daily. My lists of those who should receive gifts are down to the final two. Talk about “Survivor”. There must be a reality show in all of this!

There is some logic to having a holiday at this time of year. The daylight hours are very short. The landscape here is brown this year, although it is normally stark white. The outdoor temperatures are chilly.

What better way to get through it all than to throw a party? And, in the American version, how about a party that lasts 3 months and props up our entire economy?

I’m off to finish the shopping and then to pick up my mom for an afternoon of baking.

A busy mind does not have time to think.

Or to write a proper post.




  1. I’ve given up trying!!!!!

  2. I’m glad to know that it’s a happy kind of busy you’re engaged in. I had a big, bad case of bah-humbug going on (I can always get cynical about cynicism), but I’ve perked up just lately and I’m enjoying this holiday much more than last.

    We celebrate the turning of season. The days will begin to lengthen again at the Solstice and, while it’s a slog to get to February when those increments of daylight become really noticeable, I’m up for that! No matter what other meanings, beliefs, and customs were layered onto it, the Solstice was historically the crux of the matter.

    Happy Solstice to you and yours!

  3. I’m happy to hear you are getting into the holiday season … even if it does wear you out! 🙂

    And don’t apologize for being too busy for blogging … I think many of us are in the same boat. I know I am. 😉

    Have a wonderful holiday with the family, whichever one you celebrate!

  4. Glad this year is a happier one for you. I’m with dragonfae. Never apologize for letting life get in the way of blogging. Merry Christmas.

  5. It’s not for nothing that Jesus’ birth so conveniently coincided with the Solstice. The Christians were very clever to piggyback onto the momentum of Nature’s holiday.

    I’m glad you’re happy to be busy. Really glad.

  6. I’m way behind in my reading also. Fortunately we are not behind on our shopping as we have all decided not to throw money away on stuff none of us really need.

    What we need are freshly baked cookies, dinners with friends and family and joy that we are all warm and healthy. Screw the economy.

  7. Busy can be good. But I don’t want to do the over-spend thing and then end up regretting it later.

  8. I was wondering if you would vote for me in a contest for an award, thank you Harry.

  9. This post is like a bubble of energy, a window into your life. Thanks for sharing it!

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