Are you feeling JOYFUL this holiday season? A lot of people don't, and then they feel guilty for NOT, and then they resent the season even more!
I love this season, this year things got a little out of control!! Let me go back a bit...we started doing "experience" Christmas', a few years ago. This year we are at home and I have had to remind myself to simplify the season. I forgot to get the blasted Christmas pajamas, so last night I had to venture out to barfmart. After I finally got everything that I had previously forgotten I got in line at 9:30 pm. After 20 minutes in line I remembered food. Apparently we are supposed to eat food on Christmas, or at least Christmas Eve so we can have left overs. So I went to get all the food and got back in line. This time the line was at least twice as long. I found myself really thinking, do I even care about Christmas pajamas? Would it have been that big of a deal if we didn't have the pajamas? No. No we don't have to have them, my kids would have survived without the pajamas. I also realized I didn't make one gift this year. Typically we only give the kids 1 or two gifts aside from stocking stuffers, and at least one of them is home made. This year it was simpler to buy their gifts, but I found my self missing that quiest time working on something that comes from the heart. I stayed in line because we needed the groceries I grabbed anyway, and I knew that things would just be worse the next day.
What has given me joy this season? A service focus. We did better this year than any other thinking about how to #lighttheworld. One of my favorites was donating books to the Childrens Hospital in our area. I was hoping we would get to read to them, but it's flu season so the hospital wouldn't allow that. Still, the person that took our gift was so sweet to my kids. I loved the work my children went to, to select their books. My oldest parted with his favorite childhood super hero book, and it was hard for him! After a lot of thought he decided to write a special note inside the book, to make sure these scared or worried kids would know that they are Children of God.
Snuggling my kids and reading books (in Christmas Jammies), making gingerbread houses, surprisingly warm weather and a hike to go with it, My oh so pretty, very simple Christmas tree ( which we put colored lights on this year). Simple things are what bring me joy. I don't care about the presents and would really be happy to just cancel that part of the holiday.
Mother, Oiler, healthnut-ish, teacher, coach, wife, lover of life and all of it's simple gifts.