Doing the Christmas prep always puts me in the mind for Christmas. I spend a lot of my lunch hours throughout the year shopping for stocking stuffers. While I'm doing that, I often put Christmas music on my iPod. It always makes me think of my kids, which gets me excited for the coming Christmas, which will eventually arrive. That's why I don't succumb to the Christmas blues. I'm always in Christmas mode.
I'm pretty sure I know why this season was so crazy, and I will not make the same mistake again. I participated in a production of A Christmas Carol this past year. The performance was fun, but the rehearsals were demanding and time consuming. They really bit into my work time. As sad as I am to admit it, I won't be able to do it again next year. Too much else going on.