*Please note that this blonde, Jen Tucker, recognizes that her issues can cross hair color borders. She welcomes all people, with open arms, that have ever suffered from blonde moments, blonde jokes, or ate a Blondie brownie, regardless of the color at their roots.*
Nothing screams “holidays” more to me, than busyness. Nothing makes me want to scream, until my vocal chords shred, more than being insanely busy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas! The holiday dinner parties while wearing stretchy pants, kissing under the mistletoe, and staying up until 3 am making sure that Santa’s head elf at our home doesn’t pull a hammy (or throw a hammer) while putting together The Barbie Dream House for our daughter. Over the years, my husband, Mike, and I have cut a few things out of the schedule to stop running ourselves ragged this time of year. I thought I would share with you some ways to stay sane, so you don’t take out your holiday spirit (naughty/crabby/ill-tempered are the attributes I’m going for here) on those around you this time of year. Christmas movies can teach us a lot about survival, so let’s take a stroll through Hollywood, and learn a thing or two about keeping the yule cool.
- Slipper Socks, Medium! (The Ref): You drew Cousin Alice’s name for the family gift exchange. You and Alice are, to put it gently, polar opposites. She collects poodle shaped candles and you — well — don’t. Wouldn’t life be missing variety if we all adored collecting waxy pets? Appreciate the differences we all have. Personally, I’d never make it through the checkout without laughing my head off, purchasing a candle dog, and that laugh might just be what an overwhelmed retail worker might crave; a good giggle in the midst of busy shoppers. Win-win! You make someone’s day, and you make someone’s interesting collection that much more complete.
- Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen (Home Alone): Your diet. Do you kiss it goodbye for the month of December and start fresh New Year’s Day? Do you pre-eat before heading to your sister-in-law’s house (I won’t tattle on you if you do)? Ehow.com has some tips on how to avoid overdoing it at the holidays. I choose to enjoy foods this time of year, but do so in moderation. Rather than swill a Big Gulp size of my mom’s creamy egg nog, I drink one small cup very sloooowly, and enjoy every drop of it. Yes, I lick the glass too! Never leave a drop behind!
- We’re your worst nightmare … elves with attitude (The Santa Clause): The holidays do not always bring out the best in us. I have a difficult time on December 22; the anniversary of my grandmother’s death. It will be 15 years ago, this year, since she died. Grandma always made Christmas so magical for me, and I miss her deeply. So I give myself that one day to feel sorry for myself and be crabby. Then I shake it off because my granny would be so mad at me if I continued to be a grump-a-lump. Not everyone can shake off the holiday blues. Try to be a little more patient, and understanding, when someone you love just isn’t in the holiday spirit. Web M.D. has some wonderful tips if you, or someone you love, battles seasonal depression.
- You do with mogwai what your society ... has done with all of nature's gifts. You do not understand (Gremlins): Gosh, that’s kind of deep, right? And you thought I was going to go with that whole “Don’t feed them after midnight” bit, huh? Be kind to the planet this year, and give a gift that’s eco-friendly. Shop small businesses which invest in your community. Choose a charitable project to do with your children, such as Operation Christmas Child, send a service man or woman a holiday card through The U.S.O, or look for ways in your hometown to make a difference in the life of someone else. Love makes the world go round, so spread some of it around.
I wish for you and your families a peace that passes all understanding this holiday season. I’ll catch ya later taters in the New Year.
Thank you, for being a part of the Survival for Blondes family! We appreciate you so very much.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa,
Jen Tucker has never met a gluten free cupcake that she didn’t like. A former teacher and educator, she has worked with children in school, hospital, and enrichment settings. In her years at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, it was Jen’s job to bring the “hands on fun” into the visiting exhibitions in the galleries. Jen broke away from writing children’s books and thematic units in 2011 with her memoir, The Day I Wore my Panties Inside Out which was a semifinalist in the humor category in the 2011 Goodreads Book Awards. She is a monthly guest blogger at the website, Survival for Blondes where she marries humor with preparedness. Jen lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband, Mike, and their three children.