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P.S. It's just a day. Tuesday December 6, 2016

I can feel Christmas snapping at my ankles and I am wishing to shout a bit. I'm no fan of this time of year for a pile of reasons. Some years the stresses have been unexpected and shocking. This year the stresses are known about and its almost worse. (Near-strangers to stay at Christmas? What is this madness? I'm sick in my head! It's my worst nightmare ALIVE! It's Christmas for crying out loud!! Oh yeah... no room at the inn... the stable... spirit of the season... must remember... breathe.)

So I am just putting it out there now. Who will hold my hand? Who will soothe my brow when I am a whistling kettle?

Mood + Christmas = Scream. Shall we have a blog dedicated to Christmas stress where we can list the problems? No big explanations, just a list, long if you like. It will give the stress a place to be. And from there we can look, survey, sneer, nod, let it all out and therefore and LET IT ALL GO.

My list:

I think I'm borderline OCD so nothing feels 'done' enough.
I have 12 to cater for and four is plenty for my head.
I have two near-strangers coming and I don't want it. At ALL.
I can't stand the excess... of everything. I don't actually like receiving presents!
Routine goes and I need routine to survive.

There. It is said. Breathe out.

Once it's in black and white, it is a starting point of acceptance and letting go. Lists please.

Love from

The room above the garage
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.


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Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 5:19am

Lists, lists, and more lists!

Oh the Christmas list!
The food shopping list.
The present list.
The card list...getting shorter each year, not because I've fallen out with peeps...sadly peeps have died...:(
The 'things to do' list.
Then the 'thIngs I still haven't done yet' list!
The who is coming list.
The list, in my head only, of things to panic about!
The other list in my head, of things that have gone wrong other years!!

Then, there's the happier lists:

Ah the Christmas list!
The gifts I love to buy list....
The list of things to make with love...
The list of happy memories - remembering dearest family and friends no longer here and the funniest things we used to get up to at Christmas!
The scrummy treats list!
The Christmas stockings list....odd-shaped vegetables hiding in the bottom of each stocking! Or the weirdest practical gift that doesn't cost the earth!! Chocolate oranges, nuts and satsumas!

Just remember, dear Ratg....whoever comes over your threshold to share Christmas with you, is there for you and your lovely family.

And to all worriers about the great meal on Christmas Day....it's just like Sunday roast with Christmas crackers.....oh ho ho and I hope you all have your sprouts on already!

Bear hugs xxxx




LP Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:48am

Big hugs lovely Bear.LPxx

Anonymous Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 6:23am

Something I'd put on my list is the feeling you get when you walk into a shop and it's Christmas everywhere with Christmas music playing and I just get this overwhelming feeling like I'm the ONLY person who's struggling and not excited or happy and it makes me feel so alien and lonely. I've a lot to be grateful for, but this time of year challenges all of my strategies I've tried to build up over the year to keep myself well. Thank you for being so open which has allowed me to do the same. I've never told anyone that this time of year makes me feel so vulnerable. Love to you all. X

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 6:45am

Hi Anon...it is overwhelming...it would be much more exciting and better for everyone if it came around once every five years! Big Bear hugs x

The librarian Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:50am

I find it overwhelming too, and it makes me feel so 'other' as well. Thank you for opening up about it. xx

Katie Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 6:47am

My list.
Do daughter birthday. The 11th
Shopping
Baking
Wrapping.
Being enthusiastic and doing the see Santa stuff
Entrainment and be nice person to demanding daughter when school finishes
Cooking being nice to everyone on Christmas day there will be 7 adults and 6 kids.
Keep order and don't lose myself.

Try and figure what to do next year. Continue study or something else.

Eeyore Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 6:51am

Here,here I have never heard anyone say they feel as I do about Christmas. There is just so much pressure for it to be happy time of the year and I don't feel the same joy that I too feel like an alien, an outsider. Part of me wishes I could join in the fun of the office meal out but there is only so many times you can tell your colleagues you are FINE with a non alcoholic drink because of tablets. I'm FINE dressed in clothes that are un comfortable and cold and wearing shoes that kill me feet. I'm FINE smiling at you as you wish me merry Christmas but haven't spoken to me all year. I'm FINE smiling and laughing when really I want to run away screaming. I'm FINE going on somewhere else when I desperately want to get that taxi we had arranged to share home. Ahhhh!???? It is the most wonderful time of the year!

Mary S Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 7:14am

It's FINE to hate Christmas, love Christmas, or be somewhere in between.
It's FINE to say I do NOT want to cater for 12 people.
It's FINE to say I am actually very uncomfortable with two near-strangers coming to my house.

I would not be able to do those things at all due to mental illness. But regardless of whether or not you have mental illness people have VERY different abilities to cope with different situations. That's ok, and I wish people could be free of the pain caused by feeling they SHOULD be able to do ......... because "everyone else" does it ok.

We can choose to take on tasks that are difficult and that CAN be a free choice, but I dont think its healthy when we pushed into it by guilt or "should"s.

Here's to free choice!

LP Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:51am

My head knows you're right Mary. I'm doing it and trying to keep the guilt at bay. Maybe I'll make It's FINE my seasonal mantra! Xx

Christine Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 7:20am

I agree with all that you said, I go to my parents one day, the in-laws the next, we get presents we don't want or need, I am dreading it, I just keep quiet and breathe like you say and I'm sure it will be fine, I keep telling myself! like Mary said you don't have to cater for 12 people if you don't want to, put your foot down, all the best

Tutti Frutti Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:16am

I always think that I love Christmas - carol's, decorations, food, presents but in reality that's very much a childhood view. I don't feel like I make a great job of the work involved in making the magic happen - I am naturally disorganised and prone to writing cards in a stressed last minute way so that they may or may not arrive on time. I also know that the people I want to please all want different things - mainly about food and TV, and whether or not they genuinely want to hide away and ignore the whole thing or not. I often end up feeling a bit tired and deflated by the day itself.

It's also the one time of year when I really wish that the Catholic church would let non Catholics take communion. Midnight mass in the Catholic church is great (really big with whole families out and lots of carols) but I couldn't ask my husband to come and be excluded. In contrast our local Anglican church round the corner runs a quiet reflective service and because that's where we usually go and because of babysitting issues I often go on my own to that (my husband cares less than me about actually going to church on the right day). It can feel pretty sad in contrast to my memory of midnight mass but at least I do know some people there. I never do my moodscope score on Christmas day. Love TF x

PS Slight danger my mother is reading this. She is my moodscope buddy and I got her to sign up and take the test for a while to stop her panicking when my score bobs about (and my nickname is kind of obvious). So Mum if you are reading don't worry it isn't that bad and please remember that I have a headache and a sore throat right now so gloom is only to be expected.

Tutti Frutti Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:17am

Oops stray apostrophe in first line above.

Jul Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:35am

Reframe, reframe! That's what you advised us last Christmas ratg and it worked for me, mostly! You have made me laugh with this blog. I am just back from France so it's all a bit weird seeing our small town transformed into a fairy light village when we got back last night. Am behind of course and will be franticlaly writing my cards like Tuttti Frutti at the last minute. Got so much to do! Will think of a list during the day while I'm hauling the Chrismas things down from the attic but I know top of my list would normally be cooking. Luckily after several years of preparing at least three christmas meals for various members of the family who couldn't all come here at the same time. I am not doing one single meal for anyone except me and my other half. It's pubs and other people's houses this year. Yay!. Love Jul xx

LP Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:49am

Nice one Jul! :) xx

LP Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:42am

Perfect timing and a great opportunity ratg! I had a big panic yesterday. Rushing to get tree, lost. Car key. Borrowed parents new car, daughter going on about all friends having driving lessons until my patience with conversation runs out and I snap " BECAUSE I'M TRYING TO GET MY HEAD AROUND CHRISTMAS AND HOW TO AFFORD IT! Jolly Christmas tree hunt disater in tatters on the floor. Holding back the tears, floodgates at bursting point.

Not wanting to get into debt, but wanting to give what lovely offspring reaaly would like.
MONEY
Not cooking for 12, opted out of family gatherings and pleased that I have.
GUILT
Made room for tree, only space infront of window and radiator. We either freeze to keep it alive or watch it shed its beautiful lush coat into a dried up waste of time.
WASTE
Making space = pulling out clutter from the corners big heap of hoardage to deal with.
TIME
Must order even small certain things in time for delivery
LISTS
Wanting to go gently, but needing to stay on top of day to day let alone stuff on top.
TIRED
Not the spirit or the true meaning of Christmas I know!
Knowing how lucky I am to have the car key to loose,
the children to afford,
the job to make me tired,
the house to make nice,
the clutter to have afforded,
the family to feel guilty about.

I do these things because I love my kids and they love Christmas and believe it or not so do I!
I'll make sure my dad knows I'm ok and try to pretend that my withdrawing isn't breaking his tender heart.
I will get there and I will make time to rest, be cosy forget the rat race, enjoy the music and the pretty lights a few treats and the magical atmosphere that Christmas brings.

None of it is real when all's said and done. I'll try to step back and do what I can not get emotionally sucked in.
Thank you so much for the opportunity ratg. Intention was there just to list but you know me! Too full of thoughts :) All out there now, phew and breathe! Peace and goodwill to all! LPxx

Sue Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:44am

Sounds wonderful Jul.

Hopeful One Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:48am

Hi RATG- I am hearing all the negativity around Xmas.BUT there are positives for me. Successfully complete tasks delegated to me especially my sou chef tasks - pat on the back.. Receive a thoughtful unexpected present- tick. Managed to keep everybody in a good mood with a laugh -tick. Relatives behave themselves and keep everything cordial-tick.Wonderful walk on a ( usually) frosty day or snow tick Watching the children running around laughing... I could go on.

But a laugh is what keeps the negativity away.
Warning :This joke contains adult material and may not be PC.

Trump has a heart-attack goes to Hell.The devil says"You are on my list, but I have no room for you. You definitely have to stay here. I've got three people here who weren't quite as bad as you.I'll let one of them go, if YOU decide who leaves" Donald thinks that sounds pretty good.
In the first room is Barack Obama sitting next to a large pool.He keeps diving in but comes up empty handed.Donald declines " I'm not a good swimmer and it would ruin my hair.
In the next room is Al Gore with a sledge-hammer and a room full of rocks which he keeps breaking with a sledge hammer.Donald declines"I've got this problem with my shoulder"
The devil opens the third door. Donald sees Bill Clinton lying on the bed in a spread-eagle pose.Bent over him is Monica Lewinsky
Donald looks in shocked disbelief and says "Yeah man, I can handle this."The devil smiles and says..."OK, Monica, you're free to go."

g Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 1:39pm

brill !

Mary Wednesday Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 1:40pm

Snigger!

The librarian Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 8:54am

Thank you RATG. I struggle with the excess more and more these days - I don't want to eat things I know will make me unwell, I'm not keen on presents and I hate the way I am made to feel a failure because I struggle to get to shops and be in big crowds and buy presents for the many children I love. I struggle with expectations and and and... xx

Isabella Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 9:17am

I can empathise with most emotions in the blog and replies...My child is an adult now so much of the pressure is gone. There were lots of good tips around on Moodscope last year. This year my list is
- only be with my husband, son and friends I love
- very limited extended family visits (long story!)
- love all the Christmas music - naff stuff and carols - go to all sorts of Carol services
- love the Christmas lights and I shop in local small towns - wonderful atmosphere
- cook as little as possible.
I think I'll be ok.
Best advice - make lists - then delegate, delegate and delegate again (it may not be perfect, but everyone will have helped)
Xx

The Gardener Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 9:30am

Hello RATG - you've opened a can of worms here. That a high percentage of the population, particularly UK, regard this glorious occasion with dread (women in particular) is so sad. Anybody read John Grisham's Cancelling Christmas? A hoot. I have crossed it off our calendar except for church - Mr G is now a real spectre at the feast. When our kids were very young we had my father, bi-polar, not even aware we had five children, who lived in Wales and had a super Czheck housekeeper, whom the kids loved. My Ma was separated, an absolute wet blanket where parties were concerned, but would start bleating about being alone around September. Mr G's parents were elderly, he a charming gentleman, loved the kids - to her our kids were a badly brought up mob. But the all went on about Christmas, worried that one of them would stay with us. Our reply was to load kids, loads of clothes and presents in the Land Rover and head for Italy - cheap accommodation, risky (no motorways or service stations, no money for hotels) but they now look back to the scary bits as an adventure. Coming into Pontarlier at 6 in the morning - whole thing a Christmas card. RATG, post your two strangers over to me - I think Christmas 'welcome the stranger' is quite healthy, but not if you've got 10 already, and the rellies are going to be upset. Some most sensible British friends here - impractical to go back to family in UK - go to the couple with the biggest table and the couples do the meal according to their own abilities. How sensible. I wish we could go back to our orphanages in India - or that I could help again at Crisis at Christmas. All impractical, but, been there, done that, got the tee-shirt. Librarian - you touch on the worst aspect - the competitiveness of it all.

The librarian Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 10:01am

It's sad isn't it?

Jane Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 9:38am

Negatives - Christmas cards and heartache. Last Christmas by Wham anyone?
Positives - All 3 of my children aged 23,17 and 12 still sat at the foot of my bed on Christmas morning xxx

Melanie Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 9:58am

Thank you RATG - it helps very much to take away my shame about how I feel about Christmas - and lightens the load a lot! xo

Vivien Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 10:33am

Oh deep joy - I'm not alone! Christmas has me in a panic. Lists - I've got 'em. They do get re-written and changed. I've never been a great lover of Christmas. I respect those who do like it for whatever reason but please don't begrudge me because I don't want to join in. This year I can't get up the enthusiasm because my Mum is in hospital. Has been since mid-October, so I tend to be concentrating on her, more than anything. My feelings about Christmas stem from work issues. Not just the obligatory Christmas lunch/party, but lets go out and get p'd for the evening. Also there are some managers/businesses whatever who seem to want to change/alter/disrupt work with re-organisations/redundancies etc. just in the run up to Christmas. Masochists or what?? Take care all xxxxxxx

Becky Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 11:08am

I'm so amazed to see so many people saying they don't like getting presents! I thought it was just me. I've never been able to admit to it before - getting given things is a good thing, right? OK, so every now and then someone gives me something beautiful and/or meaningful and it's joyous. But mostly, not. I like giving presents though. But when I want to, when I think I've found or made something a particular person would love. Not because it's required or expected. How can we do this differently?

Michael Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 11:49am

I am so very grateful you brought this up. I cannot help feeling that Xmas brings so much more stress than good feelings. Each year it gets worse for me. John Lewis had xmas trees up at the end of Oct. That really irritates me and reminds me that the true xmas spirit has been hijacked by commercialism. So it gets earlier and earlier each year and the xmas period ever longer. My local cafe starts drip feeding xmas songs into its play list at the beginning of November, maybe one every 30 mins and then this builds over the weeks. I take headphones in to block it all out. I also do not like getting presents. I remember finding a pile of gifts i had given my parents over the years, all neatly stacked in a corner (unopened and unused, unwanted). Their presents to me were equally unwanted and actually painful as it brought it home to me that they did not truly know me. I've played guitar and fished all my life...accomplished in both, but that did not stop them giving me learn how to fish/play guitar books. I've also got a cupboard full of sponge bags!
Xmas in my view is for CHILDREN, let them enjoy it, buy them presents, but adults for Gods sake grow up. What is the point of exchanging gift certificates of the same financial value. Or xmas gift lists (you are just doing other peoples shopping for them). Then if you are daring enough to get a gift not on their list, huge risk they will not like it. When you get an unwanted gift, do you tell them? (but its the thought that counts), you might hurt their feelings? But if you thank them for the gift you dislike you might get more of the same for years to come. And then there is the whole I spent £50 on him, but his gift to me was only £30 value...it all gets so tedious and seems to highlight the worse aspects of being human.
As the song says..."Lets call the whole thing off"...
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to get this off my chest...rant, rant....

Michael Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 12:09pm

If I'm honest that last rant has brought my mood down. I realise I've become a miserable git. Scrooge. I think a lot of depression occurs when the "fantasy, rose tinted glasses" come off. You see things more as they really are, rather than the way you would ideally like them to be. Seeing people racing around town, desperate, frantic, avaricious, caught up, consumed, totally not aware of or focusing on the true nature of Christmas. But then again what is the true nature of Christmas?... how much of that is a "fairy" story that has been changed and embellished over two thousand years................

Michael Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 12:23pm

Some neurobiology. There is a little pea sized part of the brain, called the Habenula. It deals with dread. Its there to protect you from "bad" things. So when it becomes aware of a situation that you have encountered before (that was unpleasant or horrific), you will feel dread in your gut and the habenula down regulates dopamine, so down goes will, motivation, enthusiasm and energy levels. I know why I "dread" xmas, lets just say its a series of varying events that have built up and compounded. One year I arrived at my sister in law's house on xmas eve. The first thing that happened, once over the threshold, was to be presented with my own personalised LIST (of jobs that I would be expected to do).....dread....(the killer is I would have happily volunteered and done those jobs anyway without the need to be "told" to do them.

Michael Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 12:24pm

Why is it so complicated being a human?

LP Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 11:47pm

All so true Michael. I 'd like a less complicated peacful simple back to basics life. This year again I've been delegated the job of choosing ordering and wrapping a gift for my daughter "From" her grandmother who'll barely recall or even understand what gift she has "given" and not because she's not capable. Interesting about the hebenula, I hadn't heard of it before. I've had that dread feeling about other things, thankfully not Christmas, worry, guilt exhaustion, panic. Am taking in all the positives though, so much comes down to balance. LPxx

Michael Thu, Dec 8th 2016 @ 11:36am

LP you reminded me of something I forgot to add to my list of xmas craziness. Crapwrap.This was dreamt up a few years ago. You could get your pressies deliberately wrapped badly. That was mostly for males who were in trouble the year before for not having wrapped the presents themselves and had availed themselves of a professional gift wrap service. Their other halves clearly were offended by the prof wrapped gifts. It showed that they clearly did not love them enough...!!!!!

Susannah Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 12:59pm

Morning all.
As others have said, I think that the demands of Xmas affect a sizeable proportion of the population. The media get the kids in a frenzy, especially the adverts. The pressure gets to many, not just us moodscopers. It's no surprise that it's the most popular time for self harm and family breakups.
A question for RATG: Who invited the 2 almost strangers? Is it someone to whom you can inform that they'll be bringing the starter, the pud and the cheese board? If so, then they might start to understand what they did and next year they'll remember to ask you first... Or did you invite them yourself?
Remember that if people offer to help, accept their offer and ask them to take on one aspect of the preparations. Don't refuse it then resent that nobody is helping.
I'm really not an Xmas person, and my partner is a genuine bah humbug. I'm delighted that, thanks to FaceBook, I have reduced my card list from about 100 down to 20. We dont do presents for each other, but we do take a few friends to an Xmas show at a local theatre. That, to me, is the real spirit of the season - going out for an evening together.
I go to a few Xmas meals with friends and colleagues, all of whom know me well and I can just be myself, lively or quiet.
There is no need to shop for like you're hunkering down for the winter, it's just a couple of days. Keep it light, and you wont miss a thing. Usually people don't have room for pud, let alone a cheeseboard.
One year we did do a big Xmas for 10 - so I did it with M&S (other supermarkets are available!) where everything comes fully prepared. This meant that we put the turkey in and went to the pub. While the others stayed for a second drink, we popped home, set the table and put all the supplies in the oven. A few sauces were heated in the microwave. Et voila! Full Xmas dinner and virtually no work.
For me Xmas starts on 24 Dec, when Radcliffe and Maconie on 6 music get Noddy Holder to shout "IT'S CHRIIIIIISTMAAAAASSS!", followed by changing to Radio 4 to hear the choir boy sing Once in Royal David's City. Once that carol is done, I turn off the service.
Xmas morning is seeing my parkrun friends, for a refreshing 5km run wearing a santa hat (always too hot by the second lap).
We never have turkey at home, but make a special meal of something tasty, but not ginormous, for us and any guests that happen to be around.
Doctor Who, and we're done.
If you focus, you can avoid most of the Xmas crap in a positive way - you're spending your free time as you wish.

The Gardener Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 1:33pm

Hello Michael - whoever made us was pretty good at such a complicated mechanism. But over the years we, and only we, have imposed a demanding society - a roundabout which goes faster and faster - each year things such as Christmas get more competitive, more stressful (see above) and nobody dare say 'stop'. 'Let's have a year off'. I think it was the millennium that somebody said let's have two minutes of quiet - no radio, TV, just listen to what's about us. It was an interesting project, utterly unattainable of course. I'd like to see Christmas like the Italian 'in giro' or the Spanish 'el paseo', when, at cocktail hour, all generations go out, walk about, greet each other, have whatever refreshment they feel like then go home. I tried to make an appointment (business) with a young Italian at 6.p.m, Shock horror 'I shall be in giro'.

Mary Wednesday Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 1:49pm

So far I have kept my head in the sand about it all. We are decamping down to the coast. I think Santa will still find us. We'll have a nice meal, play some board games and go for a walk on the beach. No guests: not even my mother. Just Hubby, Tom, the girls and me. At the moment I am wondering how to write the Christmas letter without sounding depressing... Broken bones = 6 (in two lots), Hospital operations = 4, Car crashes = 1, Broken relationships = 2, suicide attempts = 2 (not me), arrests = 2, Learning disabilities discovered = 1. The best I can say is that we are all still alive and that my husband and I are still together and we're still (just about) solvent. But I suppose, when it all boils down - that's the most important thing, isn't it?

g Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 1:50pm

i used to love Xmas and one has to do it all for little children , actually it is good for families at all times if done properly . I feel robbed of the xmas spirit very early and by the time it is 24th i am really sick of it all . some xmas trees were dressed in October ffs !!!
on radio only xmas songs all day yesterday ! sick ! i feel robbed .
i am religious and it is important for me that the tree is dressed in the morning of xmas eve not before ! we sing xmas songs during xmas ! eat mince pies on xmas day not throughout the whole year ! and this is why i will be going away and spending my xmas day on the beach with my husband.The guilt of not being with my whole family like when the kids were small will spoil all the fun and i know that i will cry my eyes out.

Lesley Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 6:42pm

RATG, well done for coming out about Christmas! Do you need to do all those things? Can you cut out a few of them?

I loathe the commerciality. For a while I lived outside the UK in a country where it is not such a big deal. It was snow and pine trees outside and a warm fire plus adventures outside.

I used to love Christmas as a child but was rather angry when I found out I had been lied to for years - i.e. Santa Claus. I simply don't like this myth - sorry, bah humbug - and if I had had my own kids would not have perpetuated it.

I loved Xmas day when I was the one preparing dinner and welcoming people into my home. I was ok when I had the funds to buy presents for others without having to watch every penny. I don't get so much of an opportunity to do these things any more. I am an extra at a table for which I am grateful but would much prefer to be outside in the wilds on an adventure. Maybe I need to find a partner who thinks similarly?

All I want for Xmas is SIMPLICITY, some board games and a fire, and to be part of a family again.

Sending you love and the strength to resist the over-caboodle the whole shenanigans has become.



Gar in the States Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 7:31pm

BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO !!! You have managed to 'hit the proverbial nail on the head'. Although only 6 December, I am ready to hide under the duvet until well past mid January 2017 or 2018 for that matter.
Usually the consumate host, I do not posess the necessary energy nor desire to do the tasks which must be done. I just can't.
Not this year anyhow.

To my fellow Moodscopers, no matter where you may be, I offer this Christmas message:

I wish us all


Peace this


Yuletide,


Fortitude of


Spirit and


Endurance.


the room above the garage Tue, Dec 6th 2016 @ 10:39pm

Hello all!
It's been a long day and I haven't had a chance until now to read through all of your wonderful, descriptive and fascinating comments. I feel there has been a cleansing! I'm needing to hit the sack but I do like to reply. If anyone is still reading...I'll reply tomorrow. Thanks for being a great bunch of pals xx.

LP Wed, Dec 7th 2016 @ 12:02am

Hi ratg, just choosing this quiet spot to say thankyou for the headspave meditations . Am on day 5 and it's great:) Pxx

the room above the garage Wed, Dec 7th 2016 @ 5:27pm

I'm so glad you like it!! I'm not sure I'd like to return to not meditating, ten minutes a day well spent. Well done! Xx

Tychi's Mum Wed, Dec 7th 2016 @ 8:00am

I absolutely love Headspace...I am not very good at making time to do it but when I do I feel so much calmer and self aware.
His voice is very soothing and, I think, quite sexy!!!

the room above the garage Wed, Dec 7th 2016 @ 5:28pm

Glad you like it too. Do you know there is a kids bit too?

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