I would love to tell you, that I am done with all my Christmas shopping, that I have send out our annual Season’s Greetings family picture, that I have personalized the children’s annual video message from Santa Claus (https://www.portablenorthpole.com/) and that I have planned our culinary highlights for the traditional Christmas dinner. Sadly, I have to admit that I am running SO LATE with everything and although I tried hard to avoid any December stress, there was no escape and so, once again, I have a list of 500 things to do and only a few days left!
And it looks like I am not the only one…
Somewhere in the depths of the internet, I read this definition about stress today:
“STRESS IS THE GAP BETWEEN EXPECTATIONS AND REALITY”
This is so true! I found endless links to website which try to help people cope with the pre- Christmas stress (and Xmas stress and post- Xmas stress). In short, you are advised to drop Xmas greeting cards, limit presents and simplify your dinner menu. Sounds very reasonable and I was contemplating these suggestions for about a minute.
BUT HOW CAN YOU NOT SEND OUT A FAMILY SEASON’S GREETINGS CARD?? It’s a beautiful way to connect with friends, especially the ones you haven’t seen in a long time.
HOW CAN YOU LIMIT PRESENTS, when you can delight someone with a thoughtful present? I don’t want to miss out on my joy of preparing homemade cookies, almond butter, granola etc for our friends and family and of wrapping them beautifully. And to miss out on look of utter surprise and happiness when you found the perfect gift for your children- no way!
AND HOW CAN YOU NOT TRY TO AMAZE YOUR FAMILY WITH A DELICIOUS XMAS DINNER??
Of course I will not drop, reduce or cut down on a single thing and yes, I will probably almost loose my mind and will be super exhausted come the Christmas day, but IT IS SO WORTH IT and I don’t want to have it any other way.
Let my weekly meal plan help you through the next few days and of course I will have a post about our Xmas dinner menu- soon, I promise, no matter how stressed I will be :). In the meantime, depending on where you live, either warm yourself with some AUSTRIAN APPLE “SCHMARRN”,
cool yourself with a delicious CHILLED CUCUMBER AVOCADO SOUP
or revitalize yourself with a nutrient rich STRAWBERRY SPINACH AND BANANA SMOOTHIE.
As usual, you’ll find these recipes in the weekly meal plan and the recipe folders.
Enjoy the next few days, have some vegan eggnog to calm yourself and… BREATHE!!