holiday haze



It seems this time of year creeps up on us all, but this year really caught me by surprise…for a few reasons. Stores have started displaying holiday decor + product before halloween….halloween! I’ve even noticed a few small businesses mentioning Black Friday sales as soon as the last witch hat is sold. Will this retail timeline continue to shorten, and at what point do we, as consumers, say ENOUGH?! Don’t get me wrong – I love this time of year immensely, but part of what makes it so special is the momentary magic of it all, don’t you think? In addition, the return of the polar vortex hasn’t done us any favors, abruptly bringing early snowfall and frozen temps. All of a sudden I’ve found myself scrambling for a new winter coat and arctic temp accessories for the kids. Add my current workload to this mix, and I’ve found myself staring blankly at my to-do list/calendar. A “holiday haze”, if you will. I’m feeling very overwhelmed friends, and I’m assuming I’m not alone. What are your thoughts, and how do you handle the stress of the holidays?


  1. I’m right there with you! Seems the holiday madness starts earlier every year, ugh. I usually deal by having a glass of wine (or two)!

  2. I totally agree! And it’s up to us to keep the Christmas things from coming out so soon, but I guess those few who shop early just can’t resist and the shops gotta have things out on shelves for people to buy up. :/ Just breathe and try and enjoy the good parts.

    • thanks Eva…yes it’s mostly up to us (the consumers) to dictate the retail patterns. yes…deep breaths, deep breaths. ;)

  3. Susan, you simply opt out of the madness, avoid malls altogether, and create what feels right for your family. Simple traditions are magical for children and a nighttime walk with lanterns or hot cocoa or new pjs and a dance party in the kitchen are memories that last a lifetime. Experiences vs. stuff.

    • yes Cynthia, we treasure our family traditions…and everything is so magical through the lens of children. thank you for your thoughts!

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