Oh I know. I do get so crusty this time of year. But I'll tell you something I LIKE about this time of year. By the time Christmas Eve comes......ready.....breathe in and out for effect....it all goes quiet. It does! All the craziness and stupidity of the weeks previous cease and the people sort of stop with all the previous insanity! They've done all their rushing about and crazy time and now they just sort of settle down.
This is the magic for me. I used to always like working on Christmas Eve because that shift in energy really becomes palpable when you are out in the midst of where people might be. Even the last minute people end up facing a different store than was there a week ago. Even a day ago that store was probably full and nutso with people sloshing their peppermint lattes as they jostle for position in line to buy whatever crap they decided they should buy for someone who might or might not want it and might or might not appreciate the effort.
Oops, sorry, there I go getting all crusty again. But here we are on the day when people abruptly stop doing all of that craziness and the whole world breathes a sigh of relief. It gets all quiet and magical even. I like Christmas Eve. For all the reasons that isn't Christmas. It's the day they all stop.
Because I have labelled myself a grinch for so long, there are less expectations of me, so from here the holiday is almost pleasant. I am not expected to have perfect presents and Christmas magic for anyone, nor am I required to bake for days and prepare a feast single-handedly. And as much as I miss the folks I have lost, I don't miss them anymore at Christmas than I do any other time.
I do apologize if you have to endure a horrible time that you can't get out of. I do invite you to try grinch-dom! It works beautifully for me and it could for you too!
Happy quiet day :)