Wednesday, December 22, 2010

...is it just me?






Do you find yourself, like me, rushing to get things done in the last few days before the 24th and 25th?  I always think I have done so much advance preparation that THIS TIME I will not face a last minute race.  WRONG!  I guess I should just accept this as part and parcel of putting on a festive occasion for loved ones. 

Certainly part of the crunch is because there are many things that can only be done the day of the celebrations.  Wherever we are in our preparations, let's all try to enjoy the process.  It is such a privilege to be with those who matter most to us and to be able to prepare many of their favourite holiday treats!  Our thoughts go out to those who, for whatever reason, are not with their loved ones at this time.

Whether you are making gifts, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, cleaning, decorating, volunteering, packing, travelling, writing letters/cards, visiting, partying, laying-low,  reminiscing, vacationing, having a low-key holiday...whatever - may ALL your days be merry and bright! 





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23 comments:

  1. bonnie my holidays began this evening. the preparations for christmas have been done carefully - one little bit at a time. now i want to relax for a little bit and then assemble the pieces into one magical whole. it'll be crazy-making fun for sure but there'll be a group of people i love in one place enjoying food i've chosen and prepared and really that's all that i could wish for!!! steven

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  2. You too my wise friend!





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  3. i am way late this year...usually i like to chill the last week...not this year...happy holidays bonnie!

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  4. Right back at you Bonnie!
    I've reached my peak panic stage and am now starting to calm down. I still have a lot to do, but my loved ones are healthy and happy, so nothing else really matters.

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  5. Hi, Bonnie! Thank you for this wish. Yes, it's quite a challenge to hold on to our spaciousness, stability, wisdom, presence, and freshness in the hurried bustle of holiday preparations. Maybe if we remember those above gifts are as or even more important that the material gifts we wrap in paper and put under the tree.

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  6. ...Sound simply sinful... but... My husband is picking up the Christmas day meal at 1:00pm. Catered from a fancy restaurant. I am so looking forward to this day! :) I will be sipping wine and enjoying the day and my family. Merry Christmas.

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  7. Dear Bonnie, it's certainly not just you. This year (again) I've got very tentative hopes that the big day (which for us is Christmas Eve) will be relatively relaxed since I have lots of help this time. This potential relaxation is dependent on getting the house cleaned and some cookies baked on the 23rd, however. We shall see.

    And yes indeed, the most important part is the company we are in for these celebrations. I won't forget that, and did appreciate your gentle reminder.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Bonnie - with my best wishes for a New Year filled with love and joy.

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  8. I wish you many peaceful, beautiful moments to relax and enjoy all that you are doing to prepare, Bonnie. A very happy Christmas to you and your loved ones. I'm grateful for the gift of your friendship.

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  9. Dear Bonnie,
    Wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please take care and have wonderful holidays. I look forward to your posts. Thank you.
    Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours Bonnie!

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  11. Ah, yes. It's not just you. I have done as much early prep as possible the last couple of days, but the final cleaning and cooking cannot be done in advance. It will all be good. Have a wonderful holiday Bonnie.

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  12. HI BONNIE-

    We are all set as of yesterday. We relaxed most of the day - counting our blessings and enjoying some Winter wine and a nice fire. Today my son will arrive. :-) and the traditions of family Christmas festivities will commence. Hallelujah. "Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Love Gail
    Peace and hope.....

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  13. I usually manage to stay centered and peaceful most of the time. But yesterday, the wheels in my little mind were spinning out of control for no apparent reason. Today, I resolve to let myself enjoy -- even though I'm hosting a dinner tonight and that's always hectic.

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  14. Ah, the rush, the worry, the smells of the season all packaged together to be unwrapped on that Christmas morn. Why, it's worth the entire chaos we create!

    May the Day be quiet and peaceful!

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  15. 'Tis the season of just one more thing!

    But yes, celebrate the pleasure of the moment, the joy that this chaos brings. Singing carols helps!

    Best to you this Christmas! Thank you for the beauty and wisdom you bring to us through your blog.

    Peace!

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  16. Have a wonderful Christmas! It will all get done - it always does!

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  17. I'm sure you're not alone. That just seems to be part of the deal each year. I hope your Christmas is wonderful.

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  18. Dear Bonniest! Thank you for your wishes- I send some right back at you with love and appreciation for your fabulous brain and writing skills- You make me think - LOVE that! Love you!
    Cheers!

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  19. And a very, merry Christmas to you, Bonnie! I look forward to our continuing conversation in the new year. The best to you and your family!

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  20. I hope your day is full of joy and love.

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  21. It is SUCH A BUSY TIME!!! I pray you have time to enjoy it...Just stopping by because I especially want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!! You are a very special lady and friend!! Love, Janine XO

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