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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" ( 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…” ( 

Even though most of us have faced frustrations while preparing for Christmas, I hope you enjoy this truly wonderful time of year.


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