I'm not religious - not in the way I was brought up anyway - the all seeing, all petty, mean spirited God who was just waiting for you to screw up.
I'm not materialistic - in the "oh I hope I get a Coach bag and a Prada scarf and a diamond bangle" way. I hope my family gives to animal shelters instead of buying me stuff - I've asked and pleaded, why is this met with such resistance!?
My son is 34 and I have no grandchildren yet so there's no under the tree excitement.
But I love Christmas ...
"Christmas makes the whole world seem softer"
So in this week leading up to the big day - be kind to yourself - if the house isn't spotless Oh Well, if you don't make 3 types of vegetables Oh Well, if the gift wrapping is bags without bows and ribbon Oh Well.
Drive slower and look at the lights. Pull over and let the guy behind you go ahead. Watch the dark roads for deer and little creatures. Let someone in ahead of you at the mall entrance. Eat that chocolate cake and don't think about it - your thighs look fine.
Be softer to yourself and those around you.
in the interest of Christmas softness - the "Oh Well" comes from a cherished cyber friend. And the quote comes from an episode of "Monk" - yes, "Monk" - but it doesn't make it any less true.