Seasons Greetings Babyboomers,
For those of you who read my last newsletter where I shared the pending homecoming of my prodigal son, he has arrived safely and installed himself on the sofa in front of the T.V. where he obviously intends to stay for most of Christmas.
I think the next few weeks are going to prove a challenge but we will try to rise to it.
Enough of me it's coming up to Christmas, only two weeks to go to the big day.
How are you coping?
Is your blood pressure soaring as you try to get
the christmas presents, bought and wrapped, the cards bought written and
posted, the food planned and ordered the Christmas decorations up,
the house spring cleaned and ready for guests.
Why oh why is it all so stressful? Is it me or does everybody feel like this?
I expect it's because we have a deadline to meet for all of these things and unfortunately it's not flexible. Because no matter what we do Christmas will be on December 24th/25th whichever date we celebrate.
It consoled me slightly to read the following article which illustrated that we are not alone. It's common in most househoulds around the globe. It made me laugh because we actually create most of the stress ourselves.
Surveying the toys cluttering our living room floor – and the lack of any paper to wrap them in – I remembered my husband Chris’s promise to be in charge of everything gift-related. Yet it was midday on Christmas Eve and, as the situation stood, Santa would be unable to deliver.
Once again, I concluded as my blood pressure started to rise, it was up to me to work through chores needed to make the festive season run smoothly. I could have reminded myself that Chris had bought the presents for our two children in the first place.
But a belting hangover, combined with the fact that I still hadn’t made a pudding for Boxing Day and panic that I had run out of time to post Christmas cards to even my closest friends meant I was already volatile.
So instead of swallowing my frustration and realising that in the grand scheme of things this wasn’t a big deal, I flew into an all-too-familiar rage. ‘Why do I have to do everything?’ I hissed at Chris, before stomping out to the supermarket and snatching the few gaudy rolls of wrapping paper still left on the shelves.
I simmered for hours and even as I apologised for my overreaction, I knew it wouldn’t be the last time my festive fury got the better of me.
This might be the season to be jolly – but it is equally synonymous with seething rows. Endless social gatherings, expensive shopping trips, exhausting to-do lists and demanding relatives, compounded by copious amounts of alcohol and the claustrophobia of having everyone crowded at home together, can all create a pressure cooker of tension.
Click to read the full article it will make you feel better to know you are not alone.
To help you get through it all there's good news baby boomers we don't have to feel guilty if we enjoy a glass of Prosecco or two.
Researchers may have found a beneficial reason to toast the start of party season with a glass of fiz.
As the Christmas party season approaches, many of us will already be loading up on bottles of the reasonably-priced fizz in anticipation of saying goodbye to what may very well have been the worst year in recent history.
But if you’re already feeling guilty about sipping on a flute or two at the office Christmas shindig, fear not, because contrary to what you might expect, Prosecco may have one major health benefit to drinkers.
Research from The University Reading have found that Prosecco - in moderation - can improve the way that blood vessels function.
This is because the much-loved tipple contains polyphenols, which get absorbed into the blood, where they are able to act on the vascular system.
I'm keeping it short as I know you are all far too busy partying to spend too much time on the computer.
I shall leave you with this beautiful song which illustrates how sad it is that so many people rush around engrossed in their own world and fail to notice the beauty around them.
There are times when we need to look up from the ipad or the mobile telephone and be aware of what is going on around us.
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