For as long as I can remember, Christmas has always been a relatively peaceful affair. Sure there’s the usual holiday stress — traffic, shopping, presents, relatives, and all that goes with the preparation of a traditional celebration, but when it’s all said and done, you get to relax and enjoy the peace and harmony of gathering together and basking in the reason for the season: the birth of Christ.
This year, however, the stress factor has been kicked up a few notches, making for a rather insane Christmas if I do say so myself. In addition to the usual holiday chaos, we are currently purchasing a brand new home, and quickly realizing the incredible amount of work involved in the process. If you’ve ever bought a newly built home, you know exactly what I am talking about here.
Plus, as if all the paperwork, inspections, insurance, costs, and anxious anticipation weren’t enough to confound the usual holiday stress, we are also packing up everything, dealing with kids, working full-time jobs, and — beginning on Christmas Eve — moving into our new house.
It certainly is all a great joy and blessing to have such amazing things going on, but combined with the work that I do on the Web — blogging, designing, projects, helping people, and so on — it really becomes all too much rather quickly. We are doing are best to get through everything with our sanity intact, but I have to admit that this is the most insane Christmas I have ever experienced.