It’s an art, coming off Christmas. I’ve tried it all kinds of ways, like ripping down all the decorations the day after Christmas and getting back to “normal” by sundown on December 26. Now, that’s one way to go about it. For me that’s similar to what I’d imagine coming off crack cocaine cold turkey would feel like. I’ve done it, but it leaves me dizzy, sick and depressed.
Here’s the method I’ve found works best for me…slow and easy. Let me explain…
On December 26th I start saying no to Myself…just yesterday morning at 7:00 Myself said: “I want pecan pie for breakfast.” I told Myself: “No”. Then I went on about my business.
Now, at 10:30 when Myself came back and said: “Ahemmm, I’d like pecan pie for brunch.” I said: “I’m coming off Christmas slowly…so go ahead, have pie for brunch”. See how easy is that!? That’s the way I proceed with my food compulsions until I’m finding comfort and security in my routine of more healthy eating. This takes approximately 2 weeks. I’m not even kidding. Two weeks and I’ll be nibbling on these babies instead of sugar cookies…
Now for the decorations… I leave them up until after New Year’s Day. I do this in the interest of coming off Christmas slowly and because I think the Holidays start on Thanksgiving and go until New Year’s Day. I’m in no hurry.
So in the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I’m off the hook! I love this week Peeps. It’s a great time of reflection. I love looking back and seeing what I can glean from victories and mistakes of the waning year. And while I’m at it, turning my focus to All Things New. What will I do differently in the new year? Do I dare make resolutions? (Last year I didn’t … this year I am!) I look at the books I’ve read in the past year and think about which one I liked the most. And I make a list of books I’ll read in the new year, I’ve already ordered 3 from Amazon that I can’t wait to get started on! Here they are…thank you Julie for the tip on The Help!
I also start making lists of organizing projects to be done in January. I spread the organizing out so it doesn’t overwhelm me. Inevitably after the Christmas rush my pantry, my fun room and most of my cabinets need an overhaul. But since I’m easily overwhelmed I find that jotting down certain projects on certain days feels easy. Or at least easier! In January 2009 I did a bunch of Organizing Monday posts. Check them out HERE if you need some organizing inspiration. I’m in need of some myself. (The posts are under All Things Organized in the pull-down menu!)
So that’s the way I’m coming off Christmas. Tomorrow I can’t wait to tell you about a project I’m starting in 2010! But first, what’s your process for Coming off Christmas? Quick and complete or slow and easy?