Starting about a year ago, Miles asked me to sing him Silent Night before bed! Now that is our nightly routine, even when it’s summer and 100 degrees outside!! Last night as I was singing, I listened and the words Silent, Calm, and Holy, stood still in my heart! I love how this sweet song brings Miles a sense of peace and comfort at bedtime year round! I found myself thinking about the precious story of the birth of Christ~ it’s not rushed, not busy, and hectic! How are we preparing for this holiday season? Is it a peaceful and joyful season, silent nights or is it loud and chaotic?
We are looking forward to the holiday season, Thanksgiving is here; we’ve stared hearing Christmas music on the radio, decorations are filling up the shelves at the stores, and the commercials on TV have started to brainwash our kids and us! Are you ready? Those of you who dread or groan are probably going about it in the wrong way! We have to ask ourselves; “What does the Holiday season mean to us as a family and as an individual?”
As you look around you see all different types of personalities gearing up for the holiday season! A mix of doers in different ways: some love “this” and some love “that!” We all have our own special ways of doing things and we have to be mindful of what our true talents are! We have to be who we are and not try to be like the person next to us! The world is a mix of all different kinds of women, moms, and families ~ that’s what makes us so unique and special! Know who you are! Know how much time you have! Know how much energy you have! Know what’s important to you! Know what makes you truly happy! What makes your kids really happy?
This holiday season I challenge you to actually sit down and make a list of what you want this holiday season to look like: not what it looks like on TV, not what your friends are doing! What do you want your kids to remember- what memories are you making- what traditions are YOUR family making? Do we want our kids to remember us running around like crazy people? OR covered in flour from making homemade cookies, snuggled on the couch reading Christmas books, splattered with glitter from crafts, or watching Christmas movies!!
This may mean letting go of some routines and traditions that you have done in the past, not because you loved them, but because you thought you had to. Let Go of those and start new! My mom is a fabulous baker! I have so many wonderful memories in the kitchen making homemade sweets, from chocolates to cookies, but especially homemade sugar cookie dough at Christmas time! We would make hundreds of cookies, and there was always plenty of dough to go around. Then my grandmother’s yummy icing that was perfect for all the details that we would add with sprinkles and tiny toppings! Now, I had to learn the hard way that homemade dough and I do not mix. I don’t know if it is in the humid air that is still hanging around my kitchen sometime in December or in the hot little hands of my kids! But, after a couple of years of some frustrating little bakers, I decided to start buying premade dough and icing! Problem solved! No more gooey dough and flat cookies and the outcome of my kids icing the cookies and pouring half a bottle of sprinkles on them is exactly what makes us happy!! It may be as simple as that, but it may be more deeply rooted than you think. What are you doing because you think you have to? What is stealing your peace and happiness this holiday season? Make changes and be truly happy!!
We decided a couple years ago to mix untraditional with traditional: traveling truly makes us happy; so we love to spend part of our holiday traveling, but still leave time for cooking thanksgivingfeast and opening Santa’s gifts- they may not be on the exact calendar date, but it’s all in how you celebrate it! We don’t have to be so black and white, this way or that way, be colorful- so unexpected- spice it up a little!!
So… turn up the Christmas music, grab that cozy blanket, buy craft supplies, stock up on baking ingredients, and MAKE YOUR LIST- not of Christmas gifts, but what does this holiday season look like to you and your family? Remembering it is such a gift in itself to be together!
What’s going to make you happy this holiday season?!