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This bitmoji pretty much sums it up.
I'm not a fan of the holidays. Well, let me clarify. I love the holidays--all the celebrations, the joy, the spirit of the season.
What I don't love is the prep for the holidays. All of you moms out there, you get it. The responsibility for holiday joy all falls on us. When I told my husband I wasn't going to send out Christmas cards this year, his response was, "you have to!"
Because why? And why can't he do it?
Guilt ensued and I searched through all my pictures from the past year. I found one, just one, that had both boys smiling from our March trip to Anna Maria Island. It was almost worth it, just to look at all the pictures from the past year. The picture I found was a little dark, so I doctored it up to make it look even better. Thankful for Snapseed, which I use to edit a lot of the photos you see on my Instagram feed.
|Man, I love these boys.|
There's still gifts to buy.
Decorations to put up.
A menu to plan.
Cookies to bake.
Instead, what do I do? I go for a run. Today I put on these Christmas leggings that I originally bought for last weekend's Underground Polar Express run. It was too warm to wear them then. I got to run in them today. It was blustery and drizzly. But I ran with a smile on my face. Really, neon yellow shoes and holiday leggings?
During stressful times, the one thing that doesn't fall by the wayside is the run. If I can get out on the road, everything seems to fall into place.
Why is that? Does running make me more calm and ready to tackle all the tasks at hand?
I think so.
Wouldn't it be easier to just put my workouts aside and deal with all the stuff on my to do list?
Maybe. But I don't want to know.
It will get done.
For me, the holidays are hugely stressful. I'm not complaining. It is what it is. But if I've learned nothing else, I know that I need to put a run at the top of my to do list. Everything else can wait.
And if throwing on a pair of holiday tights makes my inner scrooge go away, then it's all worth it.
Do you maintain your normal workout regimen during the holidays? How do you deal with all the stresss of the season? Do you send Christmas cards?
I'm linking up with DebRuns for Wednesday Word. Today's word? Stressful. How about you?