Patty Craig: A Slice of Time
The song lyrics of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" list reasons that the Christmas season is wonderful. And, it is wonderful - with only a few frustrations. Many of us have felt frustration while preparing for the holidays.
I asked friends and family what they find frustrating during this “most wonderful time of the year.” Their responses are below:
- Traffic and rude people.
- We shop, we cook, and we hurry around to get the right gift. We forget to enjoy and be in the moment. And, the moment is the most important part – being with our family. I try hard not to let the moment get by me.
- Love giving gifts, but hate wrapping them.
- The rush to get things done.
- Well, I’m in school, so Christmas follows finals – what I hate most. The long lines are frustrating. And, it can be stressful trying to figure out where to spend Christmas/Christmas Eve if you have more than one place to go, especially when you have a significant other!
- Too much to do!
- When people don’t do as their Christian principles would dictate, such as being ugly to sales people, cutting people off in traffic, and rude behavior in general.
- I refuse to answer that question because it may incriminate me!
- The amount of anticipation people put into their soon-to-be-received gifts rather than the anticipation of spending that time of year with their loved ones (This may just be me maturing some though.). Now, I enjoy giving gifts more than receiving.
- When people complain about Christmas and say they can’t wait until it’s over.
- The only thing I get frustrated with is myself for allowing other people’s apparent bahumbug attitudes to affect my own. That and extra Christmas weight – not to be confused with my LOVE for holiday food, just the subsequent consequence of indulging in it.
- There is not enough time in the season to celebrate with everyone I’d like to see.
- Having to spend so much money! Not the true reason for the season.
- Traffic and trying to please everyone by being everywhere at once.
-That I don’t get things done early and therefore can’t enjoy it all like I should.
- The already terrible, but much-worse-around-Christmas Lexington traffic!
People deal with frustrations differently. Comedian Phyllis Diller said, "My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual" (http://izquotes.com/quote/51078). My Christmas frustrations don’t require Diller’s extreme measures. I am frustrated by things like lights that don’t work, seeing more glitter after I’ve just vacuumed, or being unable to find a gift that I hid in a safe place.
The song lyrics of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" begin with:
“It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer"
It's the most wonderful time of the year…” (http://www.metrolyrics.com/its-the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year-lyric...).
Even though most of us have faced frustrations while preparing for Christmas, I hope you enjoy this truly wonderful time of year.