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Tuning in - 'Tis the season for pressure and stress

By the time you read this, we'll all be well on our way towards New Years Eve with the majority of our holiday season behind us, but, as I sit here writing this, it's just Christmas Eve morning, with all festivities still ahead.

For me, this December has been a month full of transition, energy and demands. Because of this, it was hard for me to really feel the fullness of the season at all times. There were definite moments, but unfortunately fleeting.

Pressure -- to feel a certain way, act a certain way, or be a certain way - certainly hits home for the holidays, doesn't it? I wish the weight of it all would go away so we could actually enjoy the time we look so forward to each year. We do look forward to it, right?

Well, there's at least one person I'm certain of who does. My friend, Lisa, thrives during this time of year -- taking the majority of her vacation time off to cheerfully prepare for the day of Christ's birth.

She begins her shopping well before Thanksgiving and has it completed even before the big Thursday feast. The rest of her days include baking, wrapping and visiting with family and friends.

I, on the other hand, wait to do my shopping until much later -- let's say, even as late as Christmas Eve sometimes. Okay, I don't actually start on Christmas Eve, but I have been known to finish up on that day. Yup - me and all the men in Syracuse -- nothing like a little procrastination to tally up with pressure.

In fact, I still have a few presents to wrap today and will hop to it once I'm done with this. Did I say "hop"? Rather, I'll get to it when I'm ready. Today, I aspire to experience peace.

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