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I guess the main thing that’s on our minds (if we are women anyway) is finishing getting everything ready for Christmas. So much preparation to have everything quickly ripped into or eaten up. It takes us a month or more to prepare, and then it’s all over in the blink of an eye, right? But still we do it. Yeah…

So at least I’ve made progress upstairs. I’ve gotten half of my bathroom clean. LOL! But wow, what an improvement! My kitchen is looking good again, my living room, and my upstairs bedroom. Tomorrow I’m working on the dining room, and then I’ll move to the bottom floor. (Quite a bit down there also. That’s where the “great flood” occurred a few months ago, and where the bulk of the Christmas celebration will be.) But hey, I’ve still got…what?….4 or 5 days?

I have wrapping, grocery shopping, and some other things to do. Think I’ll make it? Christmas will come and go whether I do or not, so I’m pretty determined to get it all done. No, let me change that…all that I can. (Ladies, we know we never get it all done. There is always more to do, and redo!) That’s the thankless part of housecleaning. You just have to do it all over again. And once the family has all their fun at Christmas, guess what? You have a dirty house again. (Sigh)

I think there must be something to that saying, “A woman’s work is never done.”

But you know what? Lately, I’ve decided that I have to have time to write, so if that means something is left undone on any given day, then so be it. Life is too short to clean house continuously. Sporadically…okay. 🙂

I still have to get the money in the money cards, and get the door prizes and games organized. (It’s not just Santa and his elves that stay up all night in the month of December.) And whoever decided to put Thanksgiving and Christmas so close together???? (You know I’m kidding about that, right?) But I bet the Pilgrims and Indians didn’t have to shop and decorate a tree right after that big feast.

Well, wherever you are in your holiday preparations, I wish you joy, love and a sound mind. And if you should be alone, remember that very few people (if any) have a Hallmark card Christmas. More often there are crazy disagreements and feuds going on, or at the least some incompatibilities. From the outside looking in, it can all look grand, but usually it’s less than perfect. So if you are with extended family, enjoy them as best you can. (Fish and company start to stink after 3 days. LOL) Remember it won’t go on forever. And with your immediate family, treasure the moments, if not the days. Happiness really occurs in moments anyway, rarely entire days. But joy abides-you just can’t steal it from a heart that won’t quit singing, no matter the trials.

Try it if you’re down-just start singing and you will feel at least a little better.

Okay, let’s all catch our breath, and believe in our power to do the slightly impossible, and the highly improbable.  Hey, I am woman, hear me roar…

But you know what’s really important and the greatest gift of all? That a baby was born so that we could have peace in our our hearts, our homes, and our world. Someday… That’s what I’m dreaming of…

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