OCD Tendancies, Holiday Decorating, and Abandonaning Perfectionisim…OH MY!

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I have OCD tendencies!  Oh who am I kidding? I’m certifiable!  Seriously, I’ve been certified.  This should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me!
So this year, what was I thinking?  I decided to throw caution to the wind.  To allow my family to help decorate the tree, the house, the everything.  I relinquished all omnipotent powers.  Yes, they would help, and it would be fine!

How stupid was this?  Christy = OCD!  Christy = control freak!  Christy = a place for everything and everything in it’s place!  

This year…not so much!  My big girls would be shocked!  They should be proud!  In fact everyone should be proud.  I actually did it!  (My left eye is still twitching but I did it.) 

I had decided that this was the year!  I was abandoning perfectionism with my holiday decorating, and I would allow my family to “help” me!  Reckless abandonment for sure!


It started with dum…dum…dum…THE TREE!  While B was at school, we decorated!  Yes…WE!  I let them do the better part of it but I had to do the high end since they’re short (this coming from a 5’2″ woman).  

There are holes, my heart was racing, it was crazy!  BUT, I let them do it!  SCORE!  At the end of the night (despite my sweating and panic attacks), they were happy and it didn’t look bad (but you do see the holes right? It’s not just me!).  

Then came the lights.  OH MY…the lights!  B was going to hang the lights!  He said, “You won’t get mad at me right?”.  To which I replied, “Of course not baby, I said y’all could do what you wanted this year!”.  So much easier said than done!  I cringed (criticized only once…I mean seriously, that one strand was just hanging there), and I smiled!

And in the end, what do I see?  A Christmas tree with LOTS of holes in it and ornaments placed in a very unorganized manner.  And lights that should be straighter and placed oh-so-much better!  But aside from that, I see a happy house!  I see happy children.  And I see Christmas!

So in the end, (although I’m still cringing on the inside a little, and wanting to straighten everything out), I’m happy that I abandoned my OCD tendencies (obsessions) JUST.THIS.ONCE because they are happy, and they are proud, and IT IS CHRISTMAS, and it’s a dishevelled, beautiful mess!

Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope you can break your mold this holiday season and enjoy the finer things in life!  

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a bulb or 2 to adjust while they sleep!

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About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. You have pink disco ball ornaments. Why am I not surprised? 🙂

  2. LOL…yes, yes I do! But some are just sparkly! Maybe you can’t see that in the pictures. You know I’m really not too good with the pictures! 🙂

  3. This is so funny My husband is just like you 🙂 When I decorate he says it looks like a 3 yr old did it because his is always so perfect LOL. New follower saying hello 🙂

  4. I think it looks beautiful! Of course, that’s because Dawn=messy. Dawn=sloppy. Dawn =lazy and lets the kids decorate every year.
    Funny post, my friend. 🙂

  5. Loving the colors of your tree!!! 🙂

  6. About 45 years ago when I decorated my first tree there was no such thing as OCD, but I knew there was something wrong with me! lol. I could’nt let my son help with the tree. Could’nt!!. I felt like such a bad mother. As years went on and my problem finally had a name I felt a little better but not much. Decorating a tree was very exhausting. Everything had to be perfect. No blue next to blue, no round next to the same round and so on!! It took me day’s and nights!. And decorating the rest of the house was the same. I wish I did’nt have OCD but since I do I try to give up control in some aspects of my life. A young man wrote on FaceBook the other day that he wanted to be invisibe so he could go into OCD homes and make all their pictures and blinds crooked. lol I would lose my mind.

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