I know I should be writing today’s post, and I even knew what I wanted to write, but I’m distracted. Partly emotionally, and partly because of working on travel arrangements for next month.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, or if you experience the same thing. This time of year can be a little difficult for me. Maybe it’s the shorter days, or the upcoming holidays that affect my mood. But today I’m not my usual chipper self.
My husband experiences the same thing, which probably doesn’t help. Having two of us being overly sensitive with low energy is not a good thing. It’s not because of the time change, like it is for some. I know there are people who don’t like it, but I do.
I like that it’s light earlier and don’t mind that it gets dark at 5pm. We get up early and sometimes head out on our bikes before dawn. It’s nice to be outside to catch the first morning light, and that was harder to do at 7am when we needed to be getting ready for the day.
I’m starting to think it’s the upcoming holidays that get me moody. Huh, I just remembered that I get sick every year right after Christmas too. Maybe I don’t really like Christmas? (I think my friend Sarah may have a mini-heart attack reading this!)
When I was little, I loved Christmas. But I didn’t have to do any of the work involved with it back then either. As a young mother, I went overboard making everything just right and baking and cooking and creating handcrafted this and that’s. Which was probably why I would get sick as soon as the holiday was over.
One year my husband and I hosted his entire family and mine for Christmas. Everyone spent the night in a 12-bedroom house we had access to, and it was a lot of fun.
And a lot of work.
I think we both got sick that year, and we’ve been a little more low-key since then. Moving to Southern California has been an adjustment too. It doesn’t seem right to have a Christmas tree up when it’s 72 degrees outside.
Last year I changed my Christmas theme to be a little more relevant to living in an apartment in a beach town in So Cal. And I was thankful for the warm weather as we filled the house to the brim with our kids and their kids. We will be doing that again this year too.
Okay just writing this, I’m starting to get excited about Christmas. So maybe it isn’t that I don’t like Christmas as much as I don’t have the desire to go overboard with it any longer. It can be a lot of work.
Speaking of which, I better get back to making our travel arrangements. There are three of us and a dog heading to Maryland and coming back we will have my granddaughters and their cat too. Shouldn’t be too much trouble, right?
Hopefully I figure out why I get the blues around this time of year and can do something to change it. But if not, I know January is right around the corner.