Happy holidays! Whatever you celebrate, I’m guessing that this week is shaping up to be pretty hectic. I know it is for me. The fact that Christmas is on a Sunday kind of sucks, because businesses won’t give their employees the time off since it’s a freebie. Sure, some are using Monday as “Christmas Day Observed,” but many aren’t. Plus, it means that New Year’s Day is also on a Sunday, thereby killing not one but two weekends in one of the busiest months of the year. We’ve had to cram our holiday parties and gatherings into the first three weekends, hoping that we won’t be completely exhausted by the time the actual holiday rolls around.
I say, stop the insanity!
So here’s my Resolution:
From now on, select two days a month as “Pajama Day.” In our household, that will be a Sunday, since I work every other Saturday – another corporate lie, since “it’s only a half day” means that the whole day is shot, by the time you get up and get yourself into work. Ironic, that the bosses that say “it’s only a half day” aren’t, themselves, in on a Saturday, eh? But I digress.
So for Pajama Day, the objective is simple. If any chores are to be done, confine them to cooking and doing laundry. No whole-scale housecleaning, no crazy shopping, no doing projects that better fit onto a workday during the work week. No, Pajama Day is for relaxing, loafing, napping, and doing crafts.
Okay. Now that we’ve ransomed two whole days out of the month, where will you put them? Seriously, pull out your calendar now and mark them in. Got it? Only one? Come on, breathe deeply and take the plunge. Mark off two whole days.
See how much lighter the holiday madness that’s about to descent upon us feels?
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s your favorite coping strategy?
– E.E. Cummings
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