- Composing lengthy, creative Christmas letters.
- Whipping up several batches of fudge, divinity, and Christmas cookies.
- Decorating inside and out with every last ornament and light string in my possession.
- Agonizing over finding just the right gifts for each member of the family.
- Running myself ragged attending Christmas luncheons, programs, and other seasonal events.
Because during the busy holiday season, it’s more important than ever to differentiate between what we want to do and what we really, truly need to do. Otherwise, we can drive ourselves crazy.
So here’s your annual permission slip to celebrate the Christmas season the way you want to. No guilt. No pressure. (Well, probably some, because that’s just the way most of us are wired.)
By the authority vested in me, a certified and duly sworn member of the High Council of Seekerville, I hereby declare unto all Seekervillagers, along with their heirs, assignees, and house pets, that for the duration of this holiday season you are granted the following freedoms:
- You shall have the right to forego baking Christmas cookies, fruitcakes, pies, and other assorted goodies and instead purchase them at your local bakery or deli.
- You shall have the right to ooh and aah over your neighbors’ elaborate outdoor Christmas light displays and not feel like Scrooge for putting up minimal decorations yourself.
- You shall have the right to watch all the sappy Christmas movies you can handle, without feeling guilty over sobbing when that adorable yellow Lab saves Christmas or Mrs. Miracle brings Christmas joy to yet another deserving couple.
- You shall have the right to do all your Christmas shopping online and let the gift recipients worry about mailing back items that do not fit or are the wrong color.
- You shall have the right to do absolutely NO Christmas shopping in December and instead give all your loved ones an IOU for January 15 after the crowds have dissipated and everything is on sale again.
- You shall have the right to send your electronically savvy loved ones a Christmas e-card instead of a paper card with envelope and stamp.
- You shall have the right to keep this year’s Christmas letter short and sweet, or even to abstain from this practice entirely if so desired.
- You shall have the right to order Christmas dinner prepackaged from your favorite restaurant or deli, serve it on your own fancy china, and never let your family in on the secret.
- You shall have the right to expect lots of help with dishes and after-dinner cleanup so that everyone shall have equal opportunity for fun and relaxation on Christmas Day.
- You shall have the right to expect everyone to understand that you are not cheap or lazy or lacking Christmas spirit but rather you are a very committed writer on deadline (and it doesn’t matter if it’s a “real” editorial deadline or a self-imposed deadline for completing your work-in-progress and getting that proposal off to an editor, agent, or contest organizer).
Let’s talk. What’s your favorite Christmas activity? Your least favorite? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do (or not do) over the holidays but haven’t gotten around to yet? What’s holding you back?
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Myra’s latest release is Every Tear a Memory, book 3 in her Till We Meet Again series from Abingdon Press. You can also read her novella, Designs on Love, in the Seekers’ Hope for the Holidays historical collection. Subscribe to Myra's e-news updates here.