Saturday, December 07, 2013

December Down Time

I struggle with December every year. I don’t know about you, but for me December is a down time. No – I’m not saying I’m not busy with Christmas preparation; gift giving, card-sending, decorating, spiritual examination and the like. I’m VERY busy with these things, as are you. There are certain expectations and traditions that I will forever hold dear, even though sometimes I get weary of all those tasks.

What I’m referring to is December down time when it comes to blogging.

I read many, many blogs everyday, filled with holiday inspiration and continuing creativity, and I think, “good for them – creating up a storm”, but with December comes a bit of burnout for me, creatively.

Oh sure, I still create – there are cards to make and mail, special gift tags for Christmas presents and the never ending gift card holders, but there is a certain amount of freedom that comes from creating without feeling the need to post everything I make. So, I just don’t! I’ve let go of this need to post everything I create during December.

Part of my December burn out probably stems from the fact that I lost my dear mother during a December long ago. While I simply LOVE Christmas and the memories and feelings that come with this glorious season, the holidays hold a sad shadow of loss that follows me everywhere. I know it’s coming and I expect and accept it. It’s just the way it is for me, and I suspect that anyone who has lost a loved one close to the holidays share the same small feelings of loss and sadness even among the joy that the holidays bring.

So if you don’t see many posts from me in December, you will know why. I still look forward to seeing all of your creations and the uplifting feelings that your inspiration brings, so for those of you who do post during the holidays – you GO! Thanks for all you do to keep the holiday spirit alive even amidst this busy season.




Miriam Prantner said...

ENJOY your Christmas season! Hope you are able to be with that sweet grand daughter!

Pam Hornschu said...

The holiday season is always bittersweet, just as you said. It's also a slow blog traffic month. I get sad when I create something and blog it, only to have no one comment. So, I'm with you on the blogging. Enjoy making new memories while treasuring the old...and the bittersweet.

Patti J said...

I lost my mom on Dec. 8th, 1999. I understand! Hugs to you, Lynn! Enjoy your December with your family, and give that sweet grand a hug for me!

Mona Pendleton said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Lynn this holiday season :) Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Claire Brennan said...

Big hugs Lynn.

Winnie said...

I may have to follow your lead next year! Good idea to take a break and enjoy some down time. I am currently finishing up cards for people who asked for me to make them for them. I plan on doing some for myself this week. I love baking and hope to do some etc. I do hope you received my thank you email. If not let me know and I will send you a note.
Merry Christmas!! Hope it is blessed!

LaurieJ said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Lynn! I think it is natural and necessary to take a break every now and again. Time for yourself. Time to recharge. Especially during the holidays when things can get so crazy busy. So enjoy! And we'll see you back here in the new year.

Lisa Young said...

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Lynn!!! Hugs!!!