Time for joy and cheer? One can only hope.
I find the few days leading up to Christmas to be both exciting and dreadful at the same time.
Exciting: Everyone's getting into the holiday spirit! Lights and trees are up, presents are getting wrapped, cookies are being baked... It's fun to get caught up in it and remember Christmases past.
Dreadful: Constant worrying about whether I forgot to send a card to Great Aunt What's-Her-Name or didn't get the right gift for little cousin What's-His-Bucket. Also, the concern of whether I have enough time and energy to pull everything off is exhausting to think about, let alone do.
But, all this aside, it really can be a great time of year. I guess the best thing to do is try to push the negative thoughts aside for now and deal with them when they come up. For now, I must focus on the good! And fortunately, the good means cookies.