The sun is shining brightly and we are ready for Christmas. I’ve taken my own advice and am relaxing, enjoying the season. Tonight we will go down to Teri’s store, Kalele Bookstore and Divine Expressions to hear the kupuna (Hawaiian elders) sing Christmas carols. You might remember Teri from the blog entry spotlighting her last year: “Daring To Dance: A Menopause Goddess Lives Her Dream”.
I’ve jettisoned the Christmas cards in favor of a photo collage that can be emailed. (And I am not completely sure that I’ll get that done. Nor am I worried about it. February 14 is soon enough for an update.)
I’ve decorated the house with those stuffed Santa, angel, and moosie dolls and hung some stockings. It took all of about 15 minutes. (See photo with our cat Frankie snuggled up with the Christmas finery.)
I’m not baking Christmas cookies. I may not eat any holiday sweets unless someone makes me eat them. (And of course, my Menopause Goddess friends know enough to twist my arm and then forcefeed me. Thank you all in advance.)
I did manage to decorate a tree this year, possibly the world’s tiniest tree. No lights to untangle, no tinsel, and it can be used again next year. It looks so nice on my computer keyboard. Very festive. (see photo.)
The point of all this holiday non-doing is that an outing to hear Christmas carols at Teri’s store is not a burden or an obligation that I have to squeeze in among all my other commitments and holiday prep. It’s a pure joy. My calendar is gloriously unstuffed. No menopausal meltdowns or mania have visited me this season.
I have time to appreciate the year’s end, family, cats, friends, and fun. Mele Kalikimaka, as we say here in Hawai`i, to all goddesses and their families.
loooovveee all the xmas cheer!!!!! Please be careful when you take down your xmas tree this year, wouldn’t want to hurt yourself or the beautiful tree! Mele Kalikimaka to you too!!!!! aloha rae
Boy, I wish I would have found time to read this before stressing out so much about Christmas this year. I knew I was bad off when I was finally wrapping gifts on Xmas Eve morning with tears streaming down my face and feeling so overwhelmed. I then took an hour to escape to the beach with some girlfriends to share our morning coffee….best destresser I have had!