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Holiday Stress (& Winners!)

October 27, 2010

Congrats, Kayla!! Please email me your mailing address and I will get it to Saul to send you your awesome scarf!

Hooray, Amanda! Please email me your mailing address and which button or magnet you would like from the Space Oddities store.

The goodness doesn’t stop there!

Don’t forget there is still another giveaway from Bare Tree! Saul will select one person that places an order at the Bare Tree etsy store and includes the phrase “Then Heather Said Enter” to win a Bare Tree belt! You have until November 1st to enter.

Also, THS readers can get  FREE SHIPPING on all Space Oddities etsy purchases made from now until November 21st.  Just add the coupon code “thenheathersaidFREE” in the notes to seller section at check out. 

I think it’s time we all go get our Handmade Christmas shopping on! 😉

THS Update:
I have been spending a lot of time with buttons. And paper. And adhesive.  The more I think about Handmade Christmas, the more excited I get.  I have a lot of tutorials started, and guest posts scheduled for the next month to share the goodness that is Handmade Christmas 2010 with all of you; I hope you’re ready to get your craft on! (and your baking goddess aprons! Some special treats are just around the corner!) 

Today I was thinking about the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and I realized that this year, I’m facing a different kind of stress as I write out my lists and make plans for the holidays.  I’ve genuinely been enjoying each minute of deciding what to give to my loved ones.  When I sit cross-legged on my living room floor constructing a gift from the heart for my best friend, or finding the perfect fabric for a gift for my mom, I am truly enjoying the process.  The stress has shifted from “I have to get this done” to “I truly enjoy doing this for each one of my loved ones.”  I am putting emphasis on enjoying each project, and making sure to pour love into the end result. 

I am determined to continue to fill this holiday season with extra love and kindness; for the people I’m gifting to, to strangers I meet, and especially to myself.  I am determined to barricade my home and heart from the stress that often fills my life each December. This year, if I start to feel that anxiety, I will do three simple things to come away victorious from the fight:

1. STOP.  Whatever I am doing that is causing me to feel uneasy, anxious or stressed, I will STOP.  I will put down the mixer.  I will step away from the glue stick.  I will take a moment to breathe, to rest…

2. And to Re-asess.  I will ask myself why I am doing what I am doing.  If I am feeling overwhlemed by a list of to-do’s, I will ask myself why I am doing each task.  I will prioritize.  I will remember I can’t do it all, and that no one is expecting me to, so I shouldn’t either.  I will focus on the reason I am doing what I’m doing, and move forward as I…

3. Remember. I am devoted to remembering that perfection is a subjective lie that I so often strive towards, and more importantly, that filling the season with love and kindness is such a better way to celebrate than with frustration and anxiety.  The people in my life would much rather spend time with me when I’ve only baked two kinds of cookies and can laugh at jokes and enjoy their company, than the crazy on edge woman who appears if I feel that I should have done more

Do you feel the pressure to strive for perfection during the holidays? 
What do you do to avoid this stress?
What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate with your friends and family each year?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2010 12:39 pm

    I’m loving Handmade Christmas so far (even if not all 100% of the gifts I am giving are handmade) because it is getting me to think about what to give everyone EARLY. Almost all of my gifts should be done by December, so I won’t have to worry about finding the right gift when I could be celebrating the season!

    And as for ways to celebrate, I LOVE putting up and decorating our Christmas tree while watching White Christmas or another favorite holiday movie. 🙂

  2. October 27, 2010 12:45 pm

    Working in retail, my Holiday stress is a whole different thing in itself. Not only do I get stressed out about my own Holiday issues, but the Holiday issues of other people are forced onto me as well. But, well, that’s my job.

    The only way I can feel less stressed at work, is going into the day less stressed. Which means leaving MY stress at home, and mentally preparing myself for the stress that others bring. Not an easy thing to do.

    And as far as striving for perfection, I don’t feel like I have a big problem with that. However, I see people come into the store looking for the “perfect” thing, and I have to say they seem the most stressed out. They are often looking for something that either doesn’t exist or does exist but is out of their price range so that just causes more stress.

    Basically the gist is, from October – December stress is what I live, and I do what I can to manage my own stress and not worry about the problems that other people have. Which, of course, is easier said than done.

  3. October 27, 2010 1:07 pm

    I think homemade gifts are the most amazing and thoughtful way to show someone you care about them. How awesome that you are already feeling a shift in the way the gift-making process is making you think about the holidays 🙂
    Although sometimes the holidays are associated with family stress for me (and probably for many others as well), I try really hard to remember that they are all about gratitude, generosity, and spending time with loved ones. Around the holidays I absolutely love baking, thinking about what special things to get (or maybe make, if I’m feeling crafty like you!) for my family and friends, partaking in family traditions and parties, and soaking in all of the wonderful holiday events in the city – the tree lighting, the decorations, the holiday-themed everything!

  4. October 27, 2010 1:16 pm

    You’ve got me pretty excited about upcoming posts!! Oh, how I wish I had the time to be all crafty and such… 😦

    and, um, YAY! 🙂

  5. October 27, 2010 8:09 pm

    Yes! I finally found you again! I remember someone talking about Handmade Holiday awhile back, but I couldn’t remember who it was or which blog. Your idea has inspired me and I have many ideas. Hopefully re-finding you (and adding you to my reader) will help inspire me to do the projects I already have in mind as well as give me new suggestions.

    Thanks for hosting this!!!

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