This is a picture of my girls in their handmade Thanksgiving dresses. Aren’t they sweet?
Six days before Thanksgiving, my 6-year-old asked me if we could make her a Thanksgiving dress together. It sounded like fun, and I thought she meant “Christmas dress.” (She didn’t.) So I said yes.
It was the wrong decision.
I know my personality: I love to start new projects; I have a harder time finishing them. I’m an INFP and Megan’s post about dealing with her own P-ness (I didn’t realize that was funny until I told this story out loud to my husband and he fell over laughing) was rattling through my head even as I was saying yes.
And as I was saying yes, I was thinking about Simple Mom and how if I had my own personal Board of Directors like she advocates they would never let me agree to make two Thanksgiving dresses (because the 6-year-old has a 4-year-old sister) in 6 days. Not this year.
But I said yes anyway because I couldn’t resist the pull of the fun new project.
We did get those dresses made with time to spare, and it was fun (mostly), and the dresses are darling and they love them.
But it was still a bad decision.
I feel like I got off with a warning this time around: the consequences for my bad call were pretty mild. It’s not even December yet; I’ve got time to recover. But the holidays are just getting started, and if I take on any other new projects that I know I don’t have time for I will collapse in a puddle of exhaustion and stress long before we make it to December 25.
So I am taking this early lesson to heart, and I am telling myself to: Go to bed early! Keep things simple! Don’t be ambitious! Relax and enjoy!
I know how to have a peaceful holiday season. Now I just have to do it.
What trips you up over the holidays? How do you avoid your own trouble spots? I need some good ideas–share them in comments!