Those old song lyrics from "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams just popped in my head. For some reason, I associate this song with people running around being stressed about Christmas and getting their shit together to please live up to some crazy expectations for the holidays. If you get caught up in all the hooplah, it all starts feeling like one big act.
It's a marker of holiday stress.
But I have a rule: "Don't Be Stressed"
It really is a wonderful time. You just have to make sure you keep your wits about you. Because if you don't, that holiday stress will creep in and have you feeling shitty.
I suppose the hard part comes in living up to society's expectations while forcing a smile on your face. Hell, I just saw a couple arguing over a Christmas tree that I'm not even sure they could afford.
There's no need to overspend.
...no need to get fat (or fatter).
...no need to force yourself to get romantic.
...no need to please family members.
...no need to get pissed at TSA officials.
Just have the most wonderful time of the year.
...and don't be stressed.