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The holidays are coming fast! Are you still running out for last minute gifts? Stressing over how much you’ve spent? Trying to figure out a menu that satisfies everyone, even your fanatically vegan sibling? Worrying about what Uncle Bob will say when he’s had a couple of drinks? Hoping that your sister doesn’t bring over that tatted up guy with the earrings in his eyebrows? Yikes!
Well it’s time to take a deep breath and unwind a little bit.
Here’s what Bea does to de-stress before Christmas:
- Takes a walk. Bea took her dog for a walk while the snow fell today, and there’s nothing like the lovely silence that snow creates, andf the stark beauty of white snow on bare tree branches, surrounded by white sky. Even the wind that hit her when she turned that corner toward home felt invigorating. Too cold or too hot in your town to walk outside? Try a walking DVD in front of your TV.
- Watches a holiday classic movie on television. You just can’t beat The Christmas Story, which weirdly enough, seems to last all afternoon. (Oh yea, it’s that marathon they usually do of that movie!) And Elf is another favorite. If you’re looking for an oldie but goody, what’s more satisfying than “It’s A Wonderful Life?”
- Spends the evening wrapped in a blanket, reading a book (fiction, memoir, inspirational – she loves ’em all) by the fireplace. Simply watching the fire can be very relaxing. Adding a nice cuppa coffee with a little bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream added to it? Heaven.
- Takes a car ride with the hubby to check out the Christmas light displays people put up. Bea and Mr. B. usually vote on the best and the most pitiful. (Ever see that program on television that highlights holiday light displays around the country? Some of these folks are obsessed – it’s like a full time job for them)
- When that Christmas tree is finally decorated and its lights are glowing, there’s nothing more peaceful than lying on the couch with the lights off, simply looking at that tree and thinking about the real meaning of the season. Oh yea, and don’t forget the Christmas music in the background – one of her favorite CDs is Josh Groban’s Noel.
- Every December there’s a special Girls’ Night Out with her best buds – a nice dinner, women’s only conversation, and giving each other small but thoughtful gifts to show we care about each other. We all know, ladies, that “Ya gotta have friends!”
These are just a few of Bea’s favorite things to do to get ready for Christmas.
What kinds of things to you do to de-stress before your holiday?