This is about half of our holiday decorations ( I couldn’t fit everything into a picture).  Tonight my evening will be filled with sorting it all out, then setting it all up.  There’s a bunch of stuff, and the pile gets bigger every year.   I love the holidays, and I love holiday decorations, but sometimes things can feel overwhelming.  Being sick for more than a week certainly didn’t help.  Here we are at the very beginning of the festive season and I feel like I’m behind and stressed.  Time to STOP.  It’s time to pause and remember that the holidays are fun.  I’m going to take a few deep breaths, smile, and think about how much I love the season.  If you don’t “stop and smell the roses” every once in a while you can really get bogged down, and then you risk missing all of the fun.  I can be guilty of that a lot, and it’s important not to let stress suck the fun out of your season. While it’s true that I’m responsible for a ton of things, especially during the holidays, I have to remember to STOP and smell the pine needles in this case.  As a matter of fact, I think I’m going to go sit under my Christmas tree right now and literally smell the pine needles.  (You’d be surprised at how relaxing that can be)