Thursday, November 29, 2012

NaBloPoMo Day 29: I feel the panic

Here's my problem. As a non-people, gets tired at 8pm, wakes up at 5:30, needs copious time by myself person December poses some real problem for me.

And it's starting now. This week Inspector Climate and/or I had social events Tuesday through tonight. Which means we don't get to bed until like 9 or 10 and means that I've just had enough of people. ENOUGH.

But it only gets worse as we go on into December.

Next week I have a Birthday party, 3 straight days of being with work 24/7, and then going back to Inspector Climate's home town for an early Christmas family Christmas party.

I'm panicking at the thought of how much mingling I have to do. How much socialising.

And to top it off, just like every year, it doesn't even feel like Christmas today it's going to be 38 degrees, which might sound very Christmas-y until I say that's Celsius which means that it's actually SUPER HOT.

How do you deal with the Christmas social season? Do you relish in all the parties and the get togethers? Or do feel like hiding under the bed when it's time to go?


  1. The hot days feel very Christmassy to me! The whole idea of Christmas taking place during Winter seems so strange.

    My approach to excessive socialising during the festive season? Run and hide. I can't cope with it and I salute your achievements so far. By this point, you're entitled to at least one evening of running and hiding and pretending parties don't exist.

  2. I love this hot weather!! And I love Christmas get together until I completely urn myself out and have to hide for a couple of days to recover!!

  3. Seeing how I'm an "introverted extrovert" I can handle (enjoy, even) socialization. But then I hit a wall. So I try to find pockets of time for me--bubble baths, hot tea, a good book, alone in the living room, staring at the tree. :) I've also been known to turn down an invitation here and there.

    Good luck--I hope the seasons turns out quite bright!

  4. Actually, its been rather mild here. And so dry. In the past we get extreme cold around the holiday. That alone can keep you inside. Even still, doesn't mean you are ready to be festive.

    We have a Christmas party coming up and I am sure someone will bail on me ..since he's not so wanting to have to face so many librarians.

    There will be the pressure to drink, eat too much.

    I'd say, go in a good 30 minutes if you can handle it..then make a quick exit.

    Also, sweet idea to ask good questions. Smile and say a lot of thank you's.

    Perhaps we are keeping our heads stuck in our phones too much lately.

    Its time to respect our elders. You just might learn what it was like to catch a bus and be a telephone operator. They get pretty depressed this time of year, too.

  5. It's warm here too, but I have always had mild winters so it still feels Christmas-y to me.

    I am torn on how I feel about all the socializing. To be honest, I live far from my family and don't have enough time off work to fly home for Christmas. So I am missing holiday parties a bit. But I also relish alone time and I absolutely need "me" time to function.

  6. Bah Humbug to it all! I prefer to celebrate the solstice for so many reasons (because, really, I see nothing to celebrate about a holiday that leads people to trample each other at 2am for a sale on video games or whatever it is they buy, not to mention all the waste from trees to tinsel to wrapping paper) but mostly because here it means the days will start getting longer (I have less than 8 hours of light come mid-December). But I can celebrate that on my own and leave the rest. I'm all for hiding under the covers!

  7. For some reason this year I've just felt like hiding under the bed. Last year was so crazy and stressful with the wedding and we saw so much of our family and friends, this holiday season I kind of just want to hide out with my new hubby. :-)

  8. The idea of Christmas during the summer, non-ironically, really weirds me out.

    I hope you get some alone time soon to recharge.

  9. I love this time of year because I love Christmas, but I feel the same way about the social scene. It's exhausting, and although I enjoy going to parties/social events occasionally, it definitely gets to be too much for an introvert like me!

  10. I cant even imagine what it's like living in a place where it's warm during the Christmas season. It would be ideal to live somewhere that it never snows, but still hard to imagine life there.

    But I totally feel you on the social events and having enough of people. I'm fairly introverted: shy, quiet, like my 'me' time and a lot of it. Times when I'm social in a large group setting is very, very draining on me. Smaller gatherings are better. I do pretty good with 3-4 people. But even then I have to limit the number of events like that in a week. Luckily my husband and I aren't too social. Not too many friends, family a minimum of 2 hours away... So it means less social things like that and I think we're both okay with it.

    Is there any way you can cancel a few of them throughout the month so you can schedule relax and unwind time for yourself?

  11. I'm deep breathing as we speak. Wow December.

  12. Sometimes I hide out in the bathroom every half hour or so.
    It helps.

  13. I am not a social person either to be honest. I end up chewing my mouth and biting the inside of my mouth as i get a bit anxious when stuck in a crowd of people that i have to talk to

    I generally end up being mute and everyone tends to take it the wrong way. I am quite chatty with the people i am really close to though so it does get a bit awkward.

    Luckily for me this year, i will be stuck working all through the Christmas and New Year so hopefully i wouldn't need to deal with too many social occasions

    I hope it all works out for you. Try finding some little bits of time where you can be by yourself and have a breather throughout the festivities

    xo Stephanie

  14. I just started following your blog (after you left a comment on mine!) and I think you've inspired me to participate in NaBloPoMo in the future :-)

    Val @

  15. I feel the same way about the holidays. Everybody expects you to go out to holiday parties and socialize. I tend to dread it until I am there. If I have a few party invites in a short period of time, I usually end up turning down at least one. I just hit a certain limit and cannot handle anymore socializing!

    Good luck and don't feel bad about ducking out of a few things. You need to make sure that you are healthy!

    XO Lourdes

  16. Oh and I am going to try out NaBloPoMo next year!

    It's one of my New Years Resolutions!

    Xo Lourdes

  17. Thanks for stopping by. I love seeing new faces that leave comments. So nice. I know... time flies... It's bittersweet.

    I love the holidays, but depending where I go, I love the mingling. I'm not much of a social butterfly anyway so.. that's that.

    It's been nice here, but I sure do miss the snow...

  18. I struggle with this time of year for the same reasons. As much as I love my family and the holidays, I sometimes need a breather from people, especially since I spend my days surrounded by teenagers.

  19. I definitely get anti-social, especially when there's the pressure of showing up places and talking to people I barely know. But I'm glad that it gets me out of my comfort zone and you find some gems of people out there :)

  20. I am twice as likely to cancel for stuff that I know I have to attend. I love Christmas time but the commitments are rough!