Christmas time to relax

Published 12:38 am Sunday, December 15, 2013

As a child, I can remember the last couple weeks before Christmas, and it was all I could do to maintain my patience until Christmas morning came and I could see what presents were under the tree.

Now, as an adult I see the same in my daughter as the anticipation is about to drive her nuts to find out what Santa might bring.

This is true even for us as adults, as we not only wonder what our friends and loved ones have purchased; but also try our best to guess what those items are.

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However, something that I have also learned is the issues that come with finding those deals for presents. We all know the traffic congestions, finding a parking spot, or long lines at the checkout counter that can get the frustrations to a boiling point.

While many are hustling throughout the Tri-State to malls or other shopping locations to finish, continue, or even get started; it is important to remember that many are feeling the same way.

Having a plan prior to leaving for the mall or store and knowing what lies ahead are essential to having a somewhat pleasant shopping experience.

Understanding that other shoppers are not there to merely ruin the experience will allow for a less stressful shopping season.

Having these frustrations can also morph into frustrations with family and friends. While shopping can be the cause of the largest irritations, even small things like putting up decorations or trimming the tree can get a rise out of a person. Untangling all the lights, replacing missing hooks, or finding the cause of the lights not to all light up will surely get the blood pressure up.

After letting all of these things get to me over the years, I have tried to relax this year. There are so many things in the Christmas season that cause issues; I want to enjoy this experience with my family and friends.

Several years ago, I remember thinking that my daughter was young and I have all the time in the world. However, now as she is growing up and it has flown by, I know that the next several years will go quickly and I will wonder where the time went.

That way, when I look back I can say that I overcame the frustrations and enjoyed my Christmas every year.


Josh Morrison is the general manager at The Tribune. To reach him, call 740-532-1441 ext. 16 or by email at