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Under Pressure

Does anyone else feel as though they are being pressured with the approaching Holiday Season?  Yesterday on the radio, someone said that Thanksgiving was just a little over 2 weeks away.  I felt a surge of panic inside me!

How the hell did this happen?  🙂

I’m the type of person that will Christmas shop all year long.  If I think that something might make a good gift for a loved one, I will often purchase whatever it is and stash it away for that Birthday or other life event that comes along.

So I went into my Stash to take inventory and I’ve done pretty well this year.  That made me breathe a little sigh of relief!

The holidays put SO much pressure on us!  I don’t care what you say, it’s still pressure.   There’s the pressure to buy, spend and consume.  There is the pressure to cook, gorge and indulge.  You’re pressured to decorate. “You mean, you don’t put up a Christmas Tree?”  Then there is the pressure to socialize or to host the party or gathering.  So there seems to be no escaping the pressure.

So as the insanity begins this season, remember to take a moment and breath.  Say a little prayer and remember what you are thankful for.   Let’s also remember why we celebrate and what the true meaning of the celebration is all about.

Stay Strong my friends.  🙂

(C) 2018 Penny Wilson




Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing and Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. Penny is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and has the page "Mental Health Help" on her blog. She writes about the struggles of mental illnesses and Depression. She is passionate about spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention and Domestic Abuse. She expresses her passion through her writings of poetry and life experiences. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

6 thoughts on “Under Pressure

  1. I haven’t put a tree up since my Mom died 15 years ago. She took Christmas with her. It was her holiday in so many ways. For me, Christmas means getting together with family for a fun meal. Thanksgiving is the same. I hate all the hype and pressure ,so I ignore it. I don’t shop, I don’t decorate and I don’t worry. All I have to do is make the bread and the green bean casserole!


  2. I’ve really cut back on the gift giving. The granddaughter, of course, gets a few gifts. But not over the top. And, if we all agree, we draw names and exchange gifts. Otherwise there are no gifts. You are smart to buy year-round.

    I don’t bake much as I don’t need sweets in the house. My big Christmas thing is writing our annual holiday letter and mailing that along with a card/photo card to about 100 people. I enjoy this once a year opportunity to exchange greetings with people. But I’ve noticed a definite drop in greetings sent, which makes me sad. More than ever we need this connection.

    My focus truly is on the reason for the season–celebrating the birth of Christ.


  3. I have always wondered how parents and US citizens in general cope with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, when we can only cope with Xmas! My son and his family posted to USA have just had their second Halloween which sounds like a fortnight of parental pressure judging by their pictures…

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