Tension and Christmas

We are in a new house.

We are working on new routines.

Some of us have new commitments, requiring new routines.

Some of us are looking for new horizons.

Some of us are under a great deal of work stress.

The house needs work.

All of these things are significant stressors. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been as grouchy as an old bear the last while. I’ve mostly contained it, but it creeps out when a fitting is balky or when something doesn’t go as I want it to. At the same time, I love being in our house with all our children. I love waking up in the morning with Chris beside me in our room that needs windows, closet doors, wall coverings, paint, a new doorframe and door.

It’s all a little crazy-making, and I just don’t feel very Christmas-like this year. Maybe I’ll feel it more when the big day arrives, because this will be the first time that Christine and I spend Christmas Eve together.

If I step back from the situation, I realize that if I were going through all of this with anyone other than Chris and the children I have, I’d be a lot worse. I suppose that’s my Christmas takeaway from all this – hey, if I were anywhere else, it’d be worse!

7 Responses

  1. Carmi
    Carmi December 9, 2010 at 10:53 am | | Reply

    You’ve always been wise enough to recognize the opportunity and not dwell on the difficulty of the challenge. I predict a great Christmas for you all.

  2. Chris
    Chris December 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm | | Reply

    I’m relieved to read that you don’t think we’ve hit rock-bottom yet :-)

    Things will get easier after this weekend, when we no longer have multiple child-related commitments.

  3. Doug
    Doug December 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | | Reply

    Ah, the first Christmas eve together because you have the kids together. Took me a while to figure that out :)

    Buy lots of mistletoe.

  4. Chris
    Chris December 10, 2010 at 9:47 am | | Reply

    Terminal optimism!

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