Hanging Christmas Cards and Letting Go!

Hi everyone!
I can’t believe, well actually I CAN believe how fast time has flown! Christmas is this week!
I don’t know about you but, over the past several years getting Christmas cards in the mail has decreased a lot. I love getting them and sending them but, I found I was only getting a few, 10 at most. So, I just had them set on different tabletops. This year I actually have been getting quite a few which makes me so happy! Pretty much everyone I sent cards to has sent one back. Plus a few surprise cards!
I ran out of room and tabletop areas to put them. I thought I could make this awesome Christmas card holder with all fresh evergreen boughs. But, time was running out and once I get something in my head I feel pressure to do it.
Then something happened. I let go! Holy Toledo! that is a huge thing for me. Stress was eating into my enjoyment of the holiday. Which I seem to do every year. Not this time!
Hang Christmas Cards @ TTG
I know, your thinking “Thanks Diann but, hanging your Christmas cards is not exciting or new”. And you are right. To be honest, that is not the reason for this post. You all know how to simply thumbtack up some ribbon and use clothes pins to hang cards from. No big “Woohoo!”
The reason behind this post is to let you know it is okay to let go of some things. I love Christmas but, I found I was sabotaging my own holiday joy! My type A personality was getting the better of me. PERFECTION! PERFECTION! PERFECTION! That was in my head since December 1st.
I think that blogging can really push you to the extreme. In my mind I kept hearing things like, “I have to be better” “I need something totally new and exciting” “I have to perfect this and that!” Whoa! That is a lot of inner pressure!
And what happens? Your brain just checks out. It is on total overload.
This is an area I have to work in pretty much every where in my life.  What’s scary is I am way better than I used to be! LOL
It’s Sunday and we have four days until Christmas. I want you to just relax, find the joy in your life and whatever you do, do it because you want to and it makes you happy!
hc
Hey! Look at that! I made it snow in my kitchen! (Made you smile! Smile)

9 comments :

  1. Diann, I realized this year that I need to really think about my holiday decorations. Do I do it for me or because of blogging? Doing it for the blog isn't a bad thing, it's just pressure I put on myself that sometimes i can't fulfill. This year I let go more then ever and leaving on a vacation the week before Christmas has been very freeing. I must say the only thing I didn't get done that I wanted to was cards sent (including one to you but you know I love you). There is always next year and I think I will work on my priorities and do what makes me happy. Less stress, happier me, more Joy for the holidays.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  2. Merry Christmas! I gave up cards many years ago, when I was no longer enjoying sending them out! I am happy to get them, but I don't expect any as I don't send.
    Due to a pinched nerve and 3 deaths this week, there will be A LOT that won't get done. Nothing I can do.
    I hope you have a blessed Christmas!

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  3. Your post is spot on! Due to an injury I was forced to stop doing things, and instead of rushing around, am enjoying what I had already done...it is more than good enough!

    Thanks for the reminder Diann, and happy holidays!

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  4. Hello Diann, Make Merry, celebrate and decorate or not is how we should look at what we do. I enjoy decorating, sometime I do more, this year I did less and and it is fine.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours..............

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  5. Each year I have been sending out less and less cards! I send out to those who I really feel could use a lift, those going through a difficult time. Those needing prayers. Then if someone sends me a card, I will try my best to get one off to them. It is much more enjoyable this way! :) I have such a problem getting rid of many of my old Christmas cards I have received in the mail so I do decorate with some of my favorites I have saved each year. I have cards from my dad, grandparents...they aren't with us any longer, so it is a sweet memory for me to open those back up again. Merry Christmas to you! :)

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  6. LOVE the post. Well said. Merry Christmas.

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  7. I am a perfectionist too and have to remind myself to let go! I tend to compare myself to others, and that will never do! I like how your cards are hung! I have mine taped on my cabinets! My stress is cleaning. I think others will look in every nook and cranny of my house and find dirt and not like me. Isn't that ridiculous? As Elsa would sing, "Let it Go!"
    Merry Christmas!
    Deb

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  8. Amen sister! I didn't send out cards this year, because I decided to give myself a year (or 2 or 3) off. :) This is how I display the holiday cards we receive without any work or stress or pressure involved. http://www.the-organizing-boutique.com/metal-card-holder.html Happy holidays everybody!

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  9. Delightful post! I am such a perfectionist I found a therapist to help me! Illness has cramped my style and I'm not able to do what I used to do and my life became a world of unhappiness...what a pity! Your words helped. Thank you very, very much! Have a lovely Christmas!

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