Can't believe it...Christmas is almost here!! I know, don't shoot the messenger, but it's true. For the ones of you that try to do it all for the holidays, I applaud you...but also, hope that you have time to truly enjoy the season, also.
I have been there myself, and I know how hard it is to enjoy the season when you are so worried about "getting everything done on time" to have a "perfect Christmas". Back when I was a single parent, I would do everything in my power to make the holidays magical for my child. Getting him to as many of the holiday happenings that I could, baking cookies, mailing Christmas cards, decorating, Christmas shopping and wrapping presents...and that was on top of working a full-time job that required extra time spent preparing for and attending work-related holiday events. I love the Christmas season, but I am even tiring myself out typing all of this.
My son is now an adult and I think that his childhood Christmases turned out fairly well. Was it because I managed to get all of the above done?
I don't think that was it at all. I think that it was because Mom was able to spend some quality time with him. He was also able to spend extra time with his all of his grandparents, great-grandmother, aunts and uncles, and friends.
It wasn't the number of activities that we were able to fit in or things that we were able to check off of our to-do list...it was the memories that were being made by just being together.
So, if you can, set aside your to-do list, and just spend the time with the ones you love. There is only one perfect Christmas and it will never be outdone. It has been the most perfect Christmas of all time.
I have now taken the pressure off of you to have the "perfect Christmas". You now have permission to sit back and really truly enjoy the Christmas season with your family and friends, without all of the fuss.
Merry Christmas to all of you!!!