I wrote this post last year, but at 36 weeks pregnant and with a history of early, fast labors, I’m again determined to keep this holiday season simple.
Each year, I enter December with high hopes for a peaceful, simple holiday season focused on the heart of Christmas.
But generally by this time I am, as the editors of Watch for the Light say, “sensing the deeper meanings of the season but grasping at them in vain…[with all] the bustle leaving me drained.”
This year, I’m determined to attend to my heart over the next few weeks—to pay attention to my stress level and motivations and to adjust my attitude or what’s on my plate accordingly.
Yes, there will be tasks to accomplish, events to plan, and more activities than usual.
But I’m holding onto hope that it’s possible to approach all of it with grace–instead of an attitude that makes my kids and husband casualties in the storm of Mommy Trying to Make an Amazing Christmas.
So I’m watching for those moments, those forks in the road where I can decide to plow ahead on the road to perfection or choose to slow down, do less, accept my (and my kids’) limitations, and see beauty in the midst of it all.
Maybe you’re good at choosing the better way.
As a recovering perfectionist, I am not.
So far, the slower but more intentional route has meant making choices like:
Accepting that doing everything on my awesome holiday traditions list is not possible. Unless I want it to feel like holiday boot-camp.
Involving the kids in the decorating–even though my son will likely threaten his, others’ and the ornaments’ safety.
Delegating some decorating tasks to Hubs and accepting variant outcomes.
Pausing in the midst of tasks to read the Christmas books my kids bring me.
Letting my daughter wear the tree skirt around the house because it’s “such a beautiful dress.”
Choosing not to stress over the fact that my son slept/acted hilariously awful over Thanksgiving break with fam. I must be chilling out as a mom because I’m less apt to profusely apologize for a fussy baby. Score.
Nothing earth-shattering. Just small steps toward a slower, less-stressed holiday season.
How is December going for you so far?