Remind Me Again, Linus, What Is Christmas All About?

Christmas is coming up fast and like last year and the year before that I am completely stressed out. My mom always worries a lot about gifts during the Christmas season, which makes me feel guilty, stressed for her, and sometimes it makes me want to just skip gifts altogether.

I’m not going to lie, I love receiving gifts (and I love giving them, too). And although we have already purchased gifts for this Christmas, I wonder… Would Christmas really be so bad if, for even one Christmas to come, we chose to forgo the gifts?

How much stress would we save ourselves?

How much more time would we spend thinking about what Christmas is really about?

Wouldn’t we still enjoy the holiday season with all the Christmas music playing, the delicious holiday food, and the company of loved ones?

Yes, having gifts is fun. But gifts aren’t everything.

I think now would be the appropriate time, Linus.

I am dedicating this post to my mom in hopes that someday she’ll realize that nothing she could buy me would ever make me love her more. Because, although I can be really mean and angry sometimes, I love her more than she knows. If I could have my pick of moms in the world, I’d choose her every time. Spending time with her is my favorite Christmas gift every year.

I love you, Mom.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

All of the kids pictures have finally been mailed, and, boy, is it a load off my mind!

Now I need to start working on writing a few thank-you notes that I’ve been meaning to mail. My plan is to have them finished by the end of December 30, so I will be able to mail them on New Year’s Eve.
Then it will be time to enjoy my favorite New Year’s Eve traditions with another task that I’ve been putting off checked off my list.

That will be nice!

I Have Promises to Keep

I used to volunteer in a Sunday school class at a church I was going to with my sister. I had volunteered there for several years, but I decided to stop in the summer of 2009, because my sister decided to switch churches and I hadn’t made any connections at the church, so I didn’t feel any need to keep going there.

My dog Monty

The kids in my class were so sweet! They were second graders, and some of the greatest kids you could ever find. On one of the last Sundays that I taught class there I took my Yorkie Monty to visit the kids. The kids loved him! Before the end of class I took pictures of the kids with Monty. The next Sunday one of the little girls asked if I had brought the pictures with me. I told her that I still needed to get them developed, but I would send them to her in the mail soon.

It’s now been over a year and I still haven’t sent them their pictures. I feel awful about it. How could I let those kids down like that?

If the saying “better late than never” is true, and I believe it is, then I should still send them their pictures.

And that is exactly what I’m going to do.

I don’t want to let another week to go by without having sent those photos. So this week I am going to write each of those kids a note and mail them their pictures.

I hope they’ll be pleased even though it did take me far too long to send them. It could turn out to be a fun Christmas time surprise for them.

A Plastic Card Called “Freedom”

Ah, the driver’s license… That little piece of plastic that, when you possess one with your very own name and photo on it, gives you the freedom to go anywhere, at any time without needing to rely on anyone else to get you to wherever you want to go.

Oh, how I long for that freedom!

I got my temps this summer; I’ve been practicing my driving with my mom. I have been doing a pretty good job driving, but I’m still very tense when I’m in the driver’s seat, and I have a ton of things I need to work on (I haven’t even driven on the expressway yet).

I want to wait to take my driver’s test until I’m a good, and confident driver (it would also be nice if I passed the first time I take the test), so I’d like to get a lot of driving hours under my belt over the next few months. I want to be ready to get my license by the end of May and to do that I am going to practice driving a minimum of 3 hours a week. 3 hours a week for 6 months will be 72 hours of driving experience, not including the time I’ve already spent practicing. I’ve heard that 100 hours is a good amount of practice time, so the closer I get to that before I take my test the better.

I’m starting my plan this coming week, and within the next few weeks, I’ll write a post to review my progress.

Below, I have written my deadline for this goal. One thing I tend to overlook when I choose a deadline for a goal is the fact that I don’t have to wait to complete the goal until right before I reach the deadline, I can, in fact, complete it whenever I’m ready to. My mom reminds me at times that “to be early is to be on time.” So, as I start this goal, I’m going to try to keep that in my mind and work towards being “on time.”

Goal – Get My Driver’s License

Deadline – May 31st