Well, it’s that time of year again. Christmas is almost here and my shopping is not done, my house is a mess and for yet another year there won’t be any cards sent out. We’ve cut way back on out gift exchanges and social obligations so that’s less stressful. My kids have outgrown their concerts and I don’t have work parties anymore so those are a few less things to venture out for. But we still enjoy the company of our friends and family and have learned to get together when it’s more relaxed and easier for everyone. My brothers stay home with their own children Christmas morning instead of making the two hour drive to get here the 24th and then rushing back home again that evening. My oldest son had his 21st birthday yesterday and he spent the evening with his friends and we will celebrate with the family next week.
Although my hubby will deny it, I’ve learned to let go of a lot of the things that I felt like I had to do in the past. I don’t have to have every single thing done the way I used to. It’s OK to let things go and relax. It’s OK to celebrate in any way we see fit and whenever we see fit. We don’t have to do it all and we can’t afford to anyway. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still stress but it’s not overwhelming and it’s much easier. I feel like we have our priorities in order.
This week, I called my 90 year-old grandmother who lives with my 87 year-old great-aunt and asked them if they would like to go for a drive to look at the Christmas lights. They stopped driving two years ago and rarely get out, especially in the winter and never after dark. They haven’t seen many decorations in the last few years. I helped them bundle up and off we went for a leisurely drive around our community. We picked up my mom along the way and three generations of women from our family chatted, listened to Christmas music and oohed and ahhed at all the pretty lights and the fresh snow. They told us stories about the old homes, who used to live where and what our small town was like when they were young. When we had enough I took them home and ordered them a pizza to be delivered as a special treat for dinner. It was a very special evening and I’m so glad we did it. Although they thanked me for taking them I was the one rewarded by their company. It didn’t cost a penny but it was priceless and I will treasure it always.
This week, I wish you less stress and more happiness. I hope you find ways to celebrate every day in the ways that are the most meaningful to you. I wish you joy, love and peace. And I hope you find things to smile about every single day.
So, I was just wondering…what special plans do you have and how will you celebrate?