Thursday, October 23, 2008

Holiday OCD

Real except from medical text: You can tell the extent of the OCD by how psychotic a person gets when things aren't just so. . .

I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't an organized person in real life. I think you can tell by the straight lines of my pages that I like things, how I like them. The holidays stress me out, and I'm already behind.

It always starts with the same old things:
1. Buy and wrap some gifts.
2. Put the tree up sometime.
3. Bake something somehow, which may or may not ever get done.

That was before I had a baby 12 days before Christmas. Since then the whole thing has turned into a landslide into Christmas. I'm already behind because I haven't ordered J a holiday outfit, which means I can't take a holiday picture by Nov., and that means I can't work on Christmas cards any earlier than the end of Nov/beginning of Dec. And that's when I'll be planning the birthday party for a 2 year old. Instead of shopping, and buying Christmas gifts and wrapping them.

Which means I don't know when I'll get the dang tree up, and I'll bake something some time. And if anyone needs me I'll be hyperventilating into a gift bag . . . . and looking for a candy cane to poke my eyes out.


Supplies: I used the front of the Cosmo Cricket Paper crafting packet of Haunted for the patterned paper; Cosmo Cricket Haunted Rub-on Candy corn; Black and white Bazzil cardstock, American Crafts thicker, Fiskers Treading water punch.

Instructions: Print Text via computer on background white paper. Punch border with treading water punch. Add Cosmo patterned paper and American Crafts thicker punctuation. Add tiny text on computer and add to the bottom right corner. Apply Cosmo Candy corn rub-on overtop.

Do the holidays make you crazy or is it just me? We are heading to a Halloween party tomorrow, hoping to get a picture of J in his costume before he tears it up. Hope you have a great day.

14 comments:

janel said...

Well, they used to stress me out, but I guess it is age, but I pretty much roll with it. I have realized that it really doesn't matter if we have baked goods in the house, new clothes to wear, proper presents bought...if we are just all together, that to me is the only thing that matters. And, this will be the first Christmas in 25 years that won't happen, so it is even more poignant for me.

Scrapper Mom said...

*deep breaths* lol...I'm trying to stay on top of things and not procrastinate, and definitely NOT stress about things this year...the Holidays are supposed to be fun!

(I'll let you know how that works out for me! lol)

Lauren said...

The holidays used to be fun, when I was a kid..Now it is a lot of work and stress.. Oh well, I do love all the decorations and the lights..

happydays525 said...

We're going to try and scale a bit back this year and get back to some of the simpler type holiday traditions I think because I totally agree with you!

Adorable layout...love CC! =)

Penny B. said...

This is a great page! The cookies look yummy too. ;)

HL0517 said...

hang in there!! You definately can get stressed out, but try to do things that you enjoy and are fun for you. Remember everything doesn't have to be perfect and store bought cookies and cupcakes are just fine.

mommy2alex said...

I am so laughing at wanting to use a gift bag for hyperventilating and candy canes to poke your eyes out - that is exactly how I feel, but mine is due to being with the in-laws for the holidays and feeling overly protective of my autistic son who they just don't "get" because they won't take off their rose colored glasses!
Sorry that you're feeling stress already.
Your layout is great!!!

Tiffany said...

LOL Actually they don't stress me out. They actually calm me. I get all of our Christmas decorations up right after Thanksgiving so for the entire month and a half the stuff is up and all I have to do is clean and wrap a few presents. It is going to be a mighty slim christmas this year.

Rita said...

They make me crazy too! I always have such high expectations and get disappointed when things don't turn out as I expected!

karen m. (akaliz) said...

they make everyone crazy! i always have all these grand ideas and i realize on december 24th that i haven't done any of them.

Close To Home said...

You dear thing....I hope you let yourself relax. Have fun picking out the holiday outfit, for sure! AND, just order cookies from someone. AND, well....just know that you are not alone with the holiday stress, and feel free to vent your frustration. My DH has a bit of OCD, and I see what frustrates him sometimes. Lovely layout btw...I really LOVE your straight, clean lines. I don't have those LOL!

SCRAPGIRL : PATTY TANUZ said...

Hola!!!!blog is so beautiful!!! Kisses from México!

Linda said...

Oh man - you summed up the holiday stress perfectly! I'm already feeling it too. Your page is perfect - and so true!

~Sasha Farina~ said...

oh you poor thing... you're certainly not alone!! not alone, even for a second..! :)