Now that Thanksgiving is over, we find ourselves thrown into the hustle and bustle that will go on until the Christmas holiday arrives here in a few short weeks. I both love and hate this time of year. I love the traditions, the decoration, the good will and cheer and the sense of wonder and magic that this time of year brings. The stress of choosing and affording the right gifts for everyone, having too little time, the days getting noticeably shorter and feeling like I’m constantly behind are no fun, though. The biggest difficulty is time management with four furry faces here at home that I want to spend time with and still get the important things done.
The other day, I was getting ready to leave the house for a few errands. As I was finishing up in the bathroom, Bunny strolled in to check up on me. I took a moment to stop and pet her, and she pressed her body up against me in one of those “I haven’t been petted in an eternity” maneuvers that so many dogs are good at. Usually, a few moments of extra attention is enough to do the trick for her. This time was a bit different, though. She was determined to have more of my time.
I ended up sitting on the edge of the tub while she pressed her furry little body to mine. Three or four times I tried to convince her that I needed to finish getting ready to go, but she wasn’t buying it. I finally extracted myself from her velvet fur and finished getting ready. It was a short moment, but it reminded me that while I’m focused on getting things done, the dogs only care about spending time with us.
It was cold that day, or I would have ended up taking the girls with me. As I drove around, though, I thought about ways that I could make more time to be with the ones that I love. I started making plans about what I’m getting for loved ones this year instead of just going to stores and wandering around, hoping I’ll find the right gift. I’m also utilizing some online shopping this year, as well as thinking about buying some things at stores where they will let you shop from an app, then pull into a parking space and be handed your purchase. I’m sure I’ll still spend some time in the stores, but I want to enjoy that time, and also be able to enjoy the holidays and spend time with those who are most important to me.
I’m not sure how all of this will go, but I am hoping that utilizing a little time management will help us all to enjoy the most important parts of the holidays.