12/21/12

All is Calm and Carry On

Feeling frazzled? Tied up in knots by holiday bows, receipts and expectations? 
Take a deep OM breath. Let me help you put the "All is calm" back in Christmas. 

1. Know your limits. Pour yourself a BIG glass of wine. This is, after all, the year of self gifting.

2. Know your space. My mother used to tell me that Santa never comes to a messy house. The truth is, he does. He is in fact a huge slob. A few dust bunnies or a refrigerator full of Easter ham will not get you on the naughty list.

3. Know who loves you; leave the competitive gifting to them. You can lose this race, and, in every way, you will be the richer for it.

4. Know what your body needs. It needs sleep, vegetables, laughter, and walks with the dog.

5. Know what your mind needs. It needs sleep, vegetables, laughter, and good books.

6. Know what your spirit needs. It needs, sleep, vegetables, laughter, and compassion.

Now take a hot bath. You are ready. 


14 comments:

Desiree said...

Sweet. I usually need Christmas cookies and Christmas carols. And when the same old tunes start wearing out, I hunt down songs from Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.

altadenahiker said...

I'm on the fence about the vegetables, but you nailed the rest of it.

Olga said...

Okay. I am rolling the Christmas fudge into carrot and string bean shapes. I will nibble them with my wine.

Rois said...


I still have yet to shop for my man.Oh MAN! So to prep myself for that I think I will go out for Happy Hour tonight and have more than one glass of wine!

Happy Holidays everyone,may your blessings be bright.

Anonymous said...

Jane Rollins says:

I second the advice for sleep, good books, and wine, but I cannot get behind the need for veggies.

Ms M said...

Sage advice. I'd add the ceremonial eating of dark chocolate (along with red wine)to the list.

Petrea Burchard said...

I've had my veggies and my dog walk, sleep, laughter, compassion, and I just finished reading an excellent book. But there's no way I can get an actual bath in our tub, it just doesn't work. But six out of seven ain't bad.

Star said...

Good list and sweet picture of little Christmas mice. Merry Christmas, Margaret, and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Adele said...

Sleep, laughter, vegetables, and a good, uplifting, Margaret Finnegan post. I'm ready now! (Okay, I forgot to eat vegetables today, but I am reading a good book, so that makes up for it, right??)

Alison said...

I'd. Be adding chocolate in that list too Margaret..love that pic!
Alison xx

TheChieftess said...

Hey! People!!! Chocolate is made from Coca beans...hence it's a legume...wine is made from grapes...hence fruit...what could be healthier than some chocolate and red wine??? (I would be indulging in my homemade See's fudge this morning if I hadn't left it in the fridge 300+ miles north of here!)

Merry Christmas to you all!!!

Margaret said...

I am a little disturbed by all this anti-vegetable sentiment. Eat up your beets!

Shell Sherree said...

Merry Christmas, dear Margaret!! I hope you and your loved ones are having a beautiful day.

Susan Campisi said...

Such wise advice! I love me some veggies, but I appreciate the way Chieftess thinks, too. And I definitely need more sleep. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Margaret.