The Calm Before the Holiday Storm

Hello Readers!  I want to take this time to wish all of you a Merry Christmas this weekend, and Happy Hanukkah, which starts tomorrow as well!  I also want to wish you an early Happy Kwanzaa, which starts on Monday.  And, for those of you who aren’t aware, Winter officially kicked off this Wednesday, December 21st, and we celebrated our Winter Equinox (the shortest day of the year).

So right now you probably are being driven crazy with your plans for this weekend.  Your kids are driving you crazy, your spouse/significant other has been tossing a wrench in everything you do, and let’s not get started on the extended family!  So, let’s take a moment to breathe.

Really.

As crazy as things might be, do yourself (and your family) a favor and take tonight off.  Tell the spouse/significant other that they are in charge of the kiddos, draw yourself a nice hot bath, pour yourself a glass of wine, and lock the door.  Soak and breathe for at least an hour.  Even if you have guests staying with you, I still recommend taking tonight for yourself.  You need it.  You deserve it.

Long baths aren’t your thing?  Go for a run.  Gym is closed?  Go for a drive or get a cup of coffee.  Roads are too icy?  Find your reading nook and settle into your book.  Do anything to calm your mind tonight.  Because this is the calm before the storm.

I don’t mean to sound rude or pessimistic, but you know that tomorrow is only the beginning of a long marathon of temper tantrums and holiday routines, of tight schedules and cranky tired kiddos.  This is the busiest weekend for you, and you know it’s going to be even more stressful than you can imagine.  So, take tonight off for yourself.

And, so, I leave you with this very short blog post so that I, too, may finish my many holiday projects before I take my nice long hot bath and finish the last chapters of my latest book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and relax before my crazy weekend of holiday marathon fun kicks off.

Again, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa to all!

Until next time,

-BBM

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