Why I’m excited for Christmas this year

Honestly, I’m pretty hum-bug when it comes to the holidays. Not because I don’t enjoy the festivities or the family gatherings, but because the logistics of it all. I feel as if each year I have to plan out the entire holiday season month’s in advance, and even then, I’m stressed the entire season. It literally feels like it begins at Halloween, trying to find the right costumes, buy all the candy, and decorate the house. Then it’s hubby’s birthday, Thanksgiving, my daughter’s birthday, Christmas, and New Year’s. It’s become a science after years of practice of how each event will go and is planned, however, even the comfort from these year of practice isn’t what has lifted my spirits for this year.104068278-gettyimages-528107199

This year, I’m excited for the season more than I think I have ever been, and the only thing I can attribute it to is how excited my daughter will be this year. Each years she becomes more aware of her surroundings and excited over gifts and travel. Every year she seems to enjoy the holidays more and more, so this year, I cannot wait to see her reaction to all her gifts and family visits. I can’t wait to see how she reacts to all the food and decorations the season brings. But most of all, I can’t wait to see that ecstatic smile as she takes in all Christmas morning has in store for her this year!

Merry Christmas! Find your Christmas Cheer!

I’m feeling rather festive this year, really getting into the holy holiday spirit. This year seems different for me, and I haven’t been able to figure out why. We bought a new Christmas tree and decorated it before the first of December which has typically been my rule. I’ve been playing Christmas music since before Thanksgiving (big deal for me), and I’m sure if my husband hears “Mary, did you know?” by Pentatonix one more time he is going to strangle me with garland. And we’ve seen Santa at least twice now.

I really hadn’t been able to figure out why I have been in such a festive mood until today, watching my daughter’s face as she opens presents for her first involved Christmas. Last year, my little girl was a tiny week-old newborn, sleeping through the holiday festivities while Daddy and I were trying to find as much sleep as we could, but this year, she is involved and wanting to be a part of it all. To see her eyes light up as another toy is put in front of her, to watch her smile as a family member plays on the floor with her, to hear her laugh and become excited as the wrapping paper rips and crinkles as she pulls it from her next gift has truly shown me the meaning of Christmas. To bring joy to those around you and be surrounded by the ones you love.

I guess I’ve been anticipating this day, building it up in my own mind and spirit, ready to spend this time with my little family and extended ones. I feel the peace I have always heard people talk about, and the joy at being with my family, but the love that is overwhelming me during this holiday, I never believed could be so strong. It is this emotion, this strong connection to my loved ones that is filling me with the spirit of Christmas and has me bursting at the seams with holiday cheer.

Now, please excuse me as I enjoy another holiday cookie before the New Year comes around, and my resolution kicks in. (Stay tuned!)

Bringing in the New Year!

Happy New Year, fellow seekers! I hope you celebrated well, and still feel a bit of its high today! (That’s how you know you did it right!)

As most people do on New Year’s, I have resolved to set a resolution. I say resolved because I normally choose not to participate in the fad due to their very nature in becoming empty promises, and I try to always keep my word. After all, your word is all most people have! But, I digress. 

I have a couple of items on the resolution list, so let me share:

1. (The usual) Become a more healthier me! 

I have neglected this aspect the entire holiday season, and am sad to say it is catching up with me. I am not setting some drastic weight drop number or going on some diet trend; I’m just encouraging myself to get back into shape! Maybe I’ll start dancing again! 

This kind of goes in hand with the next one since I want to be in a bathing suit for most of it!

2. Travel! 

Hubby and I have been married for about seven months now and have yet to take our honeymoon! We want to go to Cancun, Mexico as our designated trip, but I also have a few other places that I want to go hopefully soon. I told my husband that before we have kids I want to go on a cruise, go to Vegas, and to Cancun! (Fiji is in there also, but that’ll be after many years of saving! Have you seen the flight fare?)

3. Write like crazy and give back to my readers! 

During the holiday season, I become extremely distracted! I feel like I haven’t had a great scene session in a while, so I am going to write until I hit the block, find my muse, and then write even more! I have been on the publishing schedule of one book a year which I find to be a good pace for me, but I would love to finish my current novel early this year and begin my next even sooner. I’m thinking this will help my focus when holidays come around again this year to have something closer to completion. 

And to give back to my readers, I have decided to make The Shoreline FREE! Free, she said? That’s right! Lindsay Chamberlin here with another great offer! 🙂 Again I digress.

My latest novel, The Shoreline, will be free for some time because I want to share this experience with as many people as possible! Please, enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

I enjoy the holidays like I know most people do, but every year I am reminded of its stress. I used to work in customer service as many teens usually start in their working career, so I have worked during practically every holiday including Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, and New Years day.

Leading up to those days when I was on shift, people were always so rude and wound up. If they so much as stubbed their toe by their own mishap they would snap on the closest person to them which usually was the workers like me, and it would always be my fault. Customer is always right, after all!

But then the actual holiday would arrive, and suddenly, everyone is your best friend, wishing you a Happy Holiday, and apologizing for you having to work during it. Crazy!

Now that I am older and work for a more office like company, I receive holiday pay for these days and am able to spend them at home, but I promise it is no vacation!

It’s Christmas Eve, and I’ve vacuumed, mopped, picked up, setup, and laundered all day yesterday and all morning today to prepare for tomorrow (continuation of “Life of a Housewife” duties). The past few days have been a test of holiday endurance, traveling north and back in a weekend, celebrating two Christmas’s so far and a couple of birthday’s, all while finishing wrapping and shopping for the little items I couldn’t order online! (I was finished shopping for all the big things on my list by November 30th!)

Two more days are left with a total of 3 more Christmas celebrations within, so hopefully by Thursday I can finally relax again.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the real meaning of Christmas and am reminded of it every time I give a gift and watch the receiver open it. Holidays are times of giving and togetherness, so I am not complaining about spending the time with family and enjoying the moment as they open their gifts from my husband and I, but so often, I have to remind myself during the down times like traveling and struggling with wrapping paper that the end product is always worth the stress.

I think that is the reason why people were always so rude during the days leading up to the actual holiday; they had to keep reminding themselves of the end product. I propose that we create ways for people to be reminded of the end product, the cheer that we all experience during the actual holiday moments to be carried through the entire season!

So here’s my reminder to you in hopes it will brighten your in between times: The Shoreline eBook will be $0.99 into January! Have a wonderful Holiday!