In years past I'm typically bouncing around like a monkey on speed by this date. I dart from one store to the next looking for stocking stuffers, a wish-list item, something to wear to a party or ingredients for a dish I still have to prepare.
This year I'm going to sit down with a cup of eggnog and watch an old Christmas movie—maybe even two, then take a nap and maybe bake some cookies...because those are things I enjoy. Some of my friends may even get a plate of cookies (if I don't eat all of them myself), some may not...hopefully they know I love them even if the cookies aren't on time.
I'm going to do a little service work, distributing toys at the Salvation Army warehouse and at church on Christmas Eve. I'm not going to be rushed or upset that I have to fit those things in because I'm eliminating other things that don't matter as much.
In lieu of the gifts I was unable to purchase, I'm going to make up a hand-written gift certificate (no fancy computer graphics)...just a simple explanation of what I want to give. I'll pay up and they know where to find me.
I may take a leisurely drive to enjoy Christmas lights or sit outside with my husband by the chiminea (a portable clay fireplace from Mexico) with a cup of cocoa. I won't be wrapping after midnight or cooking at two a.m. If I'm up early it will be to spend a little extra quiet time alone with God.
My dogs may get a bath and (adorned with a bow) they might get to strut around the neighborhood. We'll wish everyone we meet a Merry Christmas. I will make some phone calls to check in with loved ones far away, skipping the Ecards because it is so delightful to hear their voices.
I won't worry about anything that wasn't done by today, including a longer blog post. I hope you are done too, and I wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas.