Monday, January 7, 2013

Holiday Hangovers

Tree 2012
Holidays can be stressful. I'm sure we've all been there. For some people, the stress can come from family, decorating or money. I think what stresses me out about the holidays is gift reciprocation. I'm always worried if the gift I'm giving a person will not be of equal value. I've had breakdowns over this. R stresses about the monetary side of things, like why I have to buy presents for every member of my family. (Which I don't, if your reading this R!) But I'm digressing. The fact of the matter, no matter who you are, the holidays are a mess. A giant pile of stressful mess.

This year we were late in starting with presents. Seriously. I didn't have a gift bought until the 14th. R's easy to shop for. Basically you get him any thing that is Star Wars, Comic book, or alcohol related, and he loves it. Unfortunately for him and my family I'm a bit more picky. Normally his gift default is a purse of some sort, but then I have to have a specific type of purse, certain colors, etc. I wish I wasn't so picky, but if I'm not, and he gets me something I don't like it, I probably won't use what ever I get. (after reading over this, I didn't realize I was such a bitch when it comes to gifts. wow...) Buying for my other family members can be kind of easy, but I make it hard on my self by wanting to personalizing it too much. I abhor the ideas of gift cards, but a gift card allows the gift receiver to be as picky as I am. Urg.. gifts.

Then there the family gatherings. I normally love these, because I love my family to itty bitty pieces. I love R's family as well. Firstly we have my dad's side of the family, which I hardly ever see since my grandparents passed. Because we hardly ever see this side of the family, it can generate some awkward conversations. Most of my family on that side is super religious, which I'm not. Luckily one of my little cousins was acting like a little shit and acted as an ice breaker the most of the time. Mom's side of the family is perfect to hang with. At least they are okay with having a beer, bloody mary or mimosa on Christmas morning. After a big lunch and presents, its normally time to head over to R's family for dinner and presents and wine or mimosa's.

AND then you've got New Years Eve/ New year and the pressure of resolutions and the downfall of any resolutions set. I didn't set any resolutions, only goals that I hope to obtain, like to be more organized and to finally decorate the apartment as if we actually live here, not if we're just visiting.

Now I'm really digressing. I'm just happy that the holidays are over. Now to pack up those ornaments and to throw out the tree.

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