I love this season.
From the crack of dawn Black Friday shopping, to the beautiful twinkling lights that seem to appear little by little, like the stars peeking out, to the building excitement of my two little girls, to the festive feeling you get everywhere. Sure, your weekends are booked and there’s plenty to do, but it just feels so…happy.
I’m the furthest from a Scrooge or a Grinch. I’m a Who – humming merrily as I wrap and decorate and love the excess.
But yeah, it’s busy. It’s exhausting. I love seeing the magic unfold through my children’s eyes, but I’m also the one making the magic. And I can love it and still feel exhausted.
Not only am I trying to do cards, shop and wrap, manage the schedule, clean and decorate, be Santa and the Elf and the magic maker, but I’m doing it mostly solo. Adam is traveling a minimum of three days every single week leading up to Christmas this year. He’s home enough to participate in the merriment – the parties and performances and family activities like Santa visits and getting the tree – but the majority of the prep falls to me.
If I let it, that merriment can be squashed and replaced with stress. It would be so easy to let that stress get to me. To grumble about the decorating that I do not have time for. To curse the stupid Elf. To complain about the excess and booked weekends and the are you kidding me that we have a dance rehearsal NOW. I’ve seen it happen. I don’t want to be a crab throughout December, just counting down the days until December 26.
So planning, scheduling, and reflecting is not just nice, it’s critical. If I’m not filling my tank, I’ll run out of gas long before I welcome the family for Christmas Eve dinner.
At the beginning of the season, I make my Christmas planner. I make that scary to-do list that spans multiple pages and gets into ridiculous levels of detail, right down to “book sitter for Christmas party” and “get cash for group gift contributions” and “make sure the girls have tights that fit with their Christmas dresses.” I have sections for gifts, for cards, for budgets, for decorating, for little details. I’m a “write it down and remember it” girl. I’m a to-do dinosaur who loves her planner. If I write it down, I’m in control of it.
I’m not just talking about the calendar. I’m talking about my time. Adam is normally the coffee maker and the early riser. He gets up with the girls. He brews the coffee and pours my mug. When Adam is gone, I give myself an hour before the girls get up, and an hour after they go to bed. In the morning, I make my coffee, I sit in the big cozy armchair, and I drink it in the quiet house. Once I’ve finished that, I can turn back to the to do list with a fresh eye. If I wait until the girls are up, that coffee will sit in the mug while I try to catch up. Having that time to mentally get myself ready is critical.
The other scheduling I do makes sure that I don’t get too wrapped up in any one task. I set a timer and give myself a set amount of time for things. I give myself an hour to work on decorating before that timer dings and I move on. I see how much wrapping I can get done in forty-five minutes. I know myself. I’ll get so wrapped up that I’ll end up awake at midnight, overtired and frustrated.
So if I put the girls to be at eight, I have three hours. Two for prep and one for relaxation. Then, I’m done. The next day will be there.
This is my relaxation time. It’s very, very easy to let this slide over the holidays, especially with a traveling husband. I’m doing the work of two parents and swamped with holiday prep, so who has time for sipping coffee or reading or journaling or bubble baths? Me, that’s who. I will make it happen. I give myself that hour once the girls are in bed to take care of me. And I wake up early when I’m alone so I can have that coffee time.
I just tried Bulletproof coffee, and it is giving me that extra edge I need. Coffee is necessary to get those feet moving, but bad coffee can actually get me started on the wrong foot. I don’t have time to feel sluggish or sick. I was always intrigued by the idea of blending butter and seeing what it could really do for me, and now that I've tried it, the real way, I know it's not all hype.
Bulletproof Coffee uses great quality coffee, a high octane brain boost supplement (kind of like a coconut oil, but even more effective) and the good fat in either ghee or grass-fed butter for long lasting, metabolism boosting, good energy that will last through the whole day – even a busy and stressful December day. It’s low toxin, high performance, and full of healthy fats to fuel even the most overwhelming days of holiday prep.
The Recipe for REAL Bulletproof Coffee
a. Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest, but we usually use a drip.)
b. Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™ to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
c. Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee
d. Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte. I use a stick blender and rinsed it under hot water right away to make clean up a snap.
The holidays can overwhelm you and turn you into a Grinch, but preparing, relaxing, and Bulletproof can truly help you Elevate the Season and enjoy every moment – even stamping envelopes!
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