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The perennially overwhelmed

I am overzealous about Christmas. I always have my Christmas shopping done way ahead of time (usually in the summer), and my gifts are always wrapped early in December and sitting under the tree. I make Christmas treats to share with friends and family, and I inscribe long, personal notes in all of my Christmas cards (sent out the day after Thanksgiving, of course).

Except, not this year.

This year, I had a baby. This year, I joined the ranks of the perennially overwhelmed. This year, I fell behind.

In the next day and a half, I have to bake 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies and 4 dozen pecan bars and pack them in tins for my friends and family. I also need to wrap a boatload of presents and arrange them into bags for each stop along our way. I haven't even begun to pack for the 6-day trip, and if you've ever traveled with an infant, you know that might be the biggest job of all.

Oh, yeah, Joe wants to have our family Christmas celebration on Thursday night, so I have just tonight after work to do all of that stuff. And I'm sick and getting sicker.

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7 thoughts on “The perennially overwhelmed”

  1. All I can say is do what you can. I am behind too. My husband and I just came back from a weekend away and now I’m feeling the pinch. I still have to shop and wrap etc, etc, etc. Try and have a fun Christmas.

  2. All I can say is do what you can. I am behind too. My husband and I just came back from a weekend away and now I’m feeling the pinch. I still have to shop and wrap etc, etc, etc. Try and have a fun Christmas.

  3. Tara,

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I’m assuming you found me via Princess above, my BFF from college. We are at opposite ends of York County – “Cheeseburger” would probably be a “meet in the middle” spot.

    Last year, when I was pregnant and due just after Christmas, I had everything done by Thanksgiving. This year, with a five-year-old and an almost one-year-old, I’ve joined the “perennially overwhelmed” club. I have nothing wrapped yet, except for the teacher gift we sent to school today. I did manage to get cards mailed last week. Hopefully, I’ll do some baking this weekend. You’re not alone!

  4. Tara,Thanks for your comment on my blog. I’m assuming you found me via Princess above, my BFF from college. We are at opposite ends of York County – “Cheeseburger” would probably be a “meet in the middle” spot.Last year, when I was pregnant and due just after Christmas, I had everything done by Thanksgiving. This year, with a five-year-old and an almost one-year-old, I’ve joined the “perennially overwhelmed” club. I have nothing wrapped yet, except for the teacher gift we sent to school today. I did manage to get cards mailed last week. Hopefully, I’ll do some baking this weekend. You’re not alone!

  5. I think I’m perennially overwhelmed each December, since finals/grading falls right before the holidays. This is the first year I have a six-month old excuse! We’re not done shopping at our house…

  6. I think I’m perennially overwhelmed each December, since finals/grading falls right before the holidays. This is the first year I have a six-month old excuse! We’re not done shopping at our house…

  7. I hope everything went well.

    The truth is Christmas will never be the same, but your priorities will shift.

    If you did Christmas that way before, you will again. Just different.

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