With the Christmas season approaching I have, in years past, been accused of being a bit of a Grinch about the whole thing. I'm too tired to have any desire to decorate and decide where things go and disturb where my everyday things live. Tasks like grocery shopping, that are already a struggle become infinitely more difficult. People are stressed and busy and consumed with buying things. And as the Grinch so honestly puts it, there is, "noise, noise, noise."But here is the thing I love about the Grinch, he has a change of heart. He swallows his pride, returns what he intended to steal and changes his ways. That's what I love about the introverted, misunderstood Grinch who has had too many of his boundaries crossed by others or perhaps in his immature youth failed to set healthy, honest boundaries with people. . Sure he may have overreacted a tad BUT.....he had a change of heart!
So, this year I decided to have a change of heart; both for my sake and those around me. Hubby helped to simplify things by getting our families to agree we would only buy gifts for the kids. He always helps with the decorating (because he knows it won't be done otherwise, it just costs too many spoons--> seriously check out this website!). I had survived to the last Christmas celebration and the one I'm most responsible for getting together. My spoons were all used up and some borrowed from the next week. It took all I had left to put on a smile and be merry! It takes a lot of brain cells to create a filter once it is lost (and never works perfectly, especially when you are tired and the noise just makes you feel like throwing up.) It ended in total disaster. And there I stood feeling like a much less gracious Cindy Lou Who.