Dec. 23rd, 2016

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about rapidly approaching Christmas, getting ready for rapidly approaching Christmas, expectations for r.a.c. (mostly self-imposed), and a bit of the December blahs as well. I have tried hard to simplify this year. Although I "decorated" little this year (no full-sized tree) I did deck out a small metal tree and my seasonal living room tree branch. I dragged out the 2ft. tall animated Mickey and Minnie Mouse for the hearth, placed two poinsettias near the front door and began putting up white twinkle lights and twinkling snowflakes. Oh and the tiny handmade gnomes and Santa sit on my approximation of a mantel. That's it! The huge plastic tubs of holiday stuff sit untouched this year. I did decline three holiday parties and attended one (closest friends). I am hosting a holiday brunch on Sunday mostly for family but I'd have to check the refrigerator to tell exactly what I am serving. I usually have lists and timetables prepared. I also deal with the fact that much of my family doesn't bother to let me know if they are coming. This year I did not ask for an RSVP so I will not be disappointed. What happens will be just fine. Gifts ... I detest holiday shopping. It mostly feels obligatory these days. I don't enjoy buying and giving STUFF (just because) that others don't want or need. Likely this is because I am in the process of divesting myself of much un-needed detritus in my own life. Lacking grandchildren to buy presents for I am gifting the young adults with token gifts and some $$ to use as they wish.

I have discussed all of this with the significant people in my life. Others echo the sentiment so I may be in the minority but know I am not alone in striving to simplify.

So today will be spent doing a little baking and taking care of a few items lurking on my procrastination list. :o)

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