Most years I've tried to take photos for Christmas, and many years they've not been especially cheery. I cannot seem to help it.
I spent months waiting for snow, saved an old pair of boots, found a trap, and that's really a Santa hat on my leg. And yes, this is a selfie and it was a COLD day. Ah, the memories.
Decorating 10 mini-Christmas trees in 20 minutes probably isn't recommended. I should have fluffed them out a bit first, and I could tell that their lack of perfection concerned others. I should have said, "Go ahead. Finish them however you wish." And meant it.
I realize that my version of Christmas decorating had been started by my mother many years before. She let us put the tree up, and then she basically left the room. We had the decorations and could do with them as we wished. She didn't complain, or comment, if I remember correctly. She may have told us, "Lights first," but I'm not sure.
She let us enjoy the process and our creativity. I'm sure it was easier for her to do as she had her hands full with her day-to-day duties. I'm also sure our decorating would never have won any positive awards. But, the end result was that our mother won all our hearts for nurturing us as she did.
In her later years, I realize she may have regretted allowing me so much freedom in my creativity. My Christmas cards moved away from traditional good cheer and took more of a Bad Elf phase.
Now, I see myself returning to the traditions...but maybe not entirely. Ten trees in 20 minutes. And without glitter or spray paint.
Photo: My dining room table and a traditional Christmas display.
Writing 101: Procrastination
Procrastination is to writing what Scrooge is to Christmas.
Charles Dickens said that procrastination is the thief of time.
While I was looking that up, I saw a bunch of other things online about procrastination which pulled me their direction.
You can't write a book when "more important" things are pulling you away.
Just make sure they are more important to you. Is it really how you want to spend your time?
If it is...go for it. You can always, always write that book next year. Well, not that book. You'll have a different idea for a different book eventually. But you can always write that the year after.
Those little characters inside your head might give up on you, and wander off into another person's head.
The answer to procrastination?
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