How is your Christmas season going? Mine is thinking about going but currently, I’m stalled at the starting line. There is a long list of Christmas preparations that need to be done but I have little if any desire to actually do it.
My Christmas tree is up and working under the twinkle of its lights makes my day brighter. So much so that I wonder how weird people would look at me if I left it up all year. I have a sneaking suspicion that they would find me very weird and that it wouldn’t seem so special after a while.
I’ve ordered a few gifts online but I’m feeling very indecisive about my gift giving this year. I don’t need anything and neither does my family, really. I’m sure my eleven-year-old would disagree, but he has most everything he wants already.
I was looking forward to baking for a cookie exchange next weekend but it’s getting cancelled since only three of us signed up. Overall, my Christmas is feeling a bit BLAH (which is ironic since I wrote an e-book about having a more meaningful Christmas this year.) but I am thankful that it hasn’t been as crazy busy as years past.
This afternoon, I am heading to Calgary to catch up with three different groups of friends to celebrate the holidays. Getting together with people I like and celebrating the season is one of the best things about Christmas for me. I’ll also be spending a bit of time at the mall buying gifts as well as a button down shirt and a crazy Christmas sweater for Evan for school.
Know that if you aren’t quite feeling Christmas yet, you are likely not alone. I know I am right there with you! Find the parts of the holiday madness that feed your soul and do those. The rest? If you can, skip it. If that isn’t possible, lessen it. Take a moment to give to those in need, support those you love and take time for yourself to breathe.
(And really, download my Meaningful Holiday Season e-book because I remind you (and me) to do this every day for the first 25 days of Christmas)
So have a look at your Christmas preparations list and:
- if you love baking? Bake. If you don’t? Order baking or skip it!
- if you love your Elf on the Shelf? Print out some easy Christmas word searches for it to bring your kids. If not? Kick that little jerk to the curb.
- if you want to decorate? Do it! If not? Don’t.
I’m going to tell you a secret.
Are you ready?
It’s up to you to decide what you will and won’t do. If family members try to force you to do something you don’t want to do, tell them that they can do it if it is important to them. And if it is important to you? Make sure that it is really is and then do it.
Want to do it all and need some Christmas preparations inspiration? Check out my One-Stop Christmas Planning Guide for recipes, gift guides and more. And take that time for YOU even if it just a few minutes browsing the bookstore, taking a bath or enjoying a coffee. It will make a huge difference.
Oh, and look at cute Christmas animals, that always helps too. Cooper agrees.
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