Despite seasonal depression, I try to focus on the positive aspects of the season. But it also means I must guard against the chaos that can push me to dizzying speeds. The lights, the money, the crowds, the colors in brilliant, blinding hues, are at times too much. Throw it all in a blender, hit the switch, and I could lose my marbles, making for one manic mix-in I can't afford to drink. Last year I got caught up in and it nearly ruined my Christmas.
I have a new strategy and have entered into this season with a game plan. No busy stores or mass crowds for me. This year will be different and so far it has been.