Well, Christmas Day is approaching. I am so happy I only started preparations a couple weeks ago because I am not ready and am finding that I am enjoying the challenge. I have been telling myself, "Well, this will have to do....." about many things and you know what? Whatever it is, it will do and it will be perfectly imperfect. There is only so much that one girl can do, right? I refuse to beat myself up for not living up to unrealistic expections that I place on myself. I have gone the other route.....My expectations are so low....I don't think I could mess things up if I tried. I am finding it way funner this way. I am delighting in this season, seriously. You know what I am enjoying? I love listening to my girlfriend tell me about the things she is making. She's crafty and when she talks about what she is doing, there is excitement in her voice and a twinkle in her eyes. I love that. I am enjoying shopping and smiling at the cashiers. Can you imagine how horrible it would be to work in retail at this time of year? They all must be tired. I bet none of them jumped up in the morning and said, "Yay! I get to go to work this morning!!" ....I love striking up a delightful conversation with them....Plus the service is better that way. And good service puts a skip in my step..... As does picking out the perfect gift for someone and wrapping it and waiting eagerly to give it to them. Don't you love that feeling. I do!! I love it almost as much as I love overindulging in Chocolate. I love chocolate. I have gained weight....and You know what? I don't even care. The holiday season is better with sweets. I can deny myself for the next 11 and a half months....but for now? I am going with it and enjoying every bite. Our neighbors brought us a giant gift basket filled with fudge and cookies and candy....and fruit. I have been eating it and rejoicing in the fact that I have good, kind neighbors. I have been spending time with people who make me happy....I am feeling loved....and content....and for today? I will bask in my imperfections....Thank God I have so many! It's a lot of basking!! Yay!