Life, Love, and Christmas Lights

Hello again, my lovely magical folks!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least in all the songs, and hopefully in most people’s lives too. Personally, as long as I’m in control of some of my mental problems and not super stressed out, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year for me too.


It’s super easy for me to feel overwhelmed at Christmas, just because of the amount of parties and events and the hustle and bustle all over the place. My job has a location inside of our town’s Walmart, so I’m seeing the insanity of the holiday season in all it’s horrific glory. But then, at the same time as I’m feeling overwhelmed, I’m also super excited too! Mainly it’s just the fact that there is SO MUCH! So much to do, so many people, so many places to be. That’s the overwhelming part. Honestly, next year I’ll probably try to limit my social engagements to only one or two per week to keep the stress levels down.

I’ve been doing a lot of Christmas shopping over the last month, and it’s been an adventure.┬áCertain people in my family are not exactly easy to shop for, so I have to search around and try to find something unique and fun that I know they’ll love. Honestly, I know Christmas is only a few days away, but I haven’t done any wrapping whatsoever. I have several presents sitting at home waiting for the pretty wrapping paper. I even have the pretty wrapping paper sitting in another corner. But I haven’t done it yet. I’ll likely end up doing that on the 23rd, or even on Christmas Eve if I don’t get to it sooner. I’ve been thinking about how I might do things differently next year though. I say this every year, but maybe I’ll actually try and start shopping throughout the year instead of all at once. Or at the very least, try to collect ideas for people throughout the year. That might be easier.

This isn’t the first holiday season for me and The Husband, but it is our first married Christmas. We got to pick out our decorations and we’re working out what we might like our traditions to be as a couple for the foreseeable future. It’s been nice and I’ve enjoyed spending time with him on this kind of stuff.

Even though I’m trying to stay as focused as I can on the moment and on enjoying the holiday, I’m still reflecting on this past year and planning for 2019. I’m figuring out my goals, trying to understand my past choices and how I got to this point in my life, and it’s definitely an interesting train of thought. The last while, my life has felt very fast-paced and crazy, so I’m trying to enjoy as much of it as possible before it disappears. And for right now, that means enjoying the Christmas lights, being around the people I love, and the amazing life that I have somehow ended up in.

Love and kindness,

Katharine Marie

Posted by Katharine Espinosa

Katharine is a freelance writer, editor, and aspiring author. She loves coffee, chocolate, cats, and riding her horses on the weekends. She lives in rural Texas with her husband and daughter.

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