Silence Your Inner Scrooge

Michele Gooch
By Michele Gooch

It’s started so beautifully the day after Thanksgiving, when you pulled out the Christmas decor. You envisioned stockings hung by the chimney with care, sugar plums dancing, and a long winter rest. You anticipated every gift would be special and the house full of sweet pine and cinnamon scents. Your hope was to bake every day and write special notes to friends you haven’t seen all year.

That was your vision, this is your reality: It’s the third week in a row that the kids have mentioned they need one more gift for a gift exchange (so you stop at Wal-Mart on your lunch hour), the fifth day in a row you’ve run home from work and hurriedly baked one more batch of cookies for a school event (most of them burnt because you were also helping with homework and making supper), and the twelfth evening you’ve wasted trying to find the perfect gift for your boss. The festive decor, the beautiful scents, the sweet spirit of your Christmas have all been lost in the hustle.

If you feel like Scrooge, you’ll enjoy this little ode.

The Scrooge of Martha Stewart

Whatever you do, don’t make your gifts. That’s ridiculous! If people want something homemade they can make it themselves.

Why do you care what the house smells like at Christmas? You didn’t care what it smelt like on Valentine’s or Easter or the Fourth of July. What difference does it make? For pity sakes! There’s no reason to mold everything you bake into shapes. We’re just going to eat it, regardless of the shape. At the end of the day it will all be in the same shape. Get over it!

About those gifts, they don’t need bows. Just throw them in a sack. Those bows just slow down the gift giving. We don’t have time for that kind of thing. Give me a break!

If you’re thinking about writing in calligraphy on your cards, pah-lease! Do you think that’s going to impress anybody? All that does is show them you don’t have enough to do.

Should you choose to waste your time on center pieces and napkins folded into the shape of doves, I would diagnose that as a serious break from reality. You’d better snap out of it!

Furthermore, if you have frozen your ice in Christmas tree trays — well, you just can’t be helped!

One more thing to think about before you hand paint all of those ornaments: In about ten years, your daughter is just going to throw them all away.

And don’t even get me started on Santa Claus! Bah Humbug!


Of course, that’s written with tongue in check. If you notice a bit of your attitude in this little ditty, it’s time to take a break. Find a way to re-capture the JOY. Say, “No” to another demand and “Yes” to the original image painted in your mind. Your first vision was of peace. What can you stop doing today that will bring peace to your home? And what can you start doing right now that will usher into your heart some serenity?

Michele Gooch
Fun Facts About Michele: While in southern Mexico on vacation, she accidentally ate lunch with the Cartel.  When snorkeling off the coast of Belize, she unintentionally swam with an 8 foot shark while he was eating.  As a child, she spent her summers on a working cattle ranch, even though she’s a city slicker.  There’s more, but why tell all! Michele is a Transition Guru who works with individuals and teams to raise their level of satisfaction in work and life. She does this by helping them reconnect with their passion and realign with their purpose. Prior to founding Life by Design,, Michele served as an Associate Pastor for 22 years in Wimberley, Texas.  At least a decade of that time was focused on leadership development and building community.   She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling.  She is certified in DISC: Behavioral Analysis, as well as Coaching Mastery.  She serves on the Board of Directors at the Mansfield Chamber and leads the Fort Worth collaboration circle for Plaid for Women. On her half-century birthday, Michele awoke unemployed, homeless, at the end of a 30 year marriage and better than she should have been.  Michele loves empowering women to be all they are designed to be!  Michele says, “The events in your life should not dictate the state of your life.  The beautiful thing about life is you own it! So, do something with it.”

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