Seriously? Less than 4 weeks until Christmas? When in the heck did that happen? I don't even have my tree up yet!
I just got back last night from a week long trip to Southern California and was feeling a bit reflective this morning. I really enjoyed getting out and taking 100% of my time to enjoy the moment I was in.
Not worrying about anything but what we were doing at the moment.
It's easy to do that while on vacation. But too easily forgotten when you jump back into your regular schedule.
There isn't a time of year that I love more, or get stressed out about more than Christmas. So many things going on, so many things you feel obligated to do.
So, I sat myself down this morning and had a stern talk with myself. I'm not going to try to do everything. I'm not going to put my girls in matching outfits, curl their hair, beg and plead with them not to get the hair messed up, sit still, don't wrinkle your outfit, on and on... and take them to the Gaylord and take their pictures. And at the end of it all, they hate it, I hate it, my husband and I will be fighting because I was so stressed out I snapped at him.....bah!
I want to keep it simple. I don't want to feel the anxiety to get my tree up NOW! Rushing the girls along. Hurry up, let's get this done...
I'm going put the radio on the Christmas station, make hot chocolate, and we're going to take our time pulling each ornament out of it's year long wrappings. Talk about each ornament, where it came from.
More often than not, it will have a story. What we were doing at that time in our lives when it was added to our tree.
So we won't have a fancy picture this year. So what? I bet I'll be able to catch true joy on their faces by really being in the moment and enjoying an activity together.
Hopefully the memories we create in taking the little things, and enjoying them, really enjoying them will make the best memories of all.
That's the plan anyway...
P.S. This font is horrible. I thought I'd try something new, but you can hardly read it. sorry guys. I can't figure out how to change it. But I won't be using it again!