It is December 14th today. That means only 11 days to Christmas (as if my 7 year old would ever let me forget)
And I feel like the last couple of weeks have passed in a blur and I still have so much to do. So I am taking a minute here this morning (it’s not yet 8am and the house is still quiet as the older two kids sleep in – as teenagers do!) to reflect and plan and notice.
I am noticing that the tree is up and has lights, but no decorations yet.
I am noticing that there is only one wrapped present in the house (that came by post on Monday – thanks Sue!)
I am noticing that whilst my Christmas shopping is done – I think – I cannot be sure because it is all stashed away, and I need to pull it out and check it (especially the – whisper whisper – S.a.n.t.a stuff) and WRAP it.
I am noticing that I feel like I am behind because I have been so busy with work and SOXS and The Clearing Space business, and havent been focussed on my festive season preparations as much as I would like.
And there comes the cruncher. ‘As much as I would like’. I love this time of year. I love fairy lights and pretty baubles and wrapping presents and giving gifts and spending time with friends laughing and chatting over a glass of bubbles. I love baking yummy goodies, and watching the kids decorate the tree, and playing games with my children, and Christmas carols, and laughing with G and the kids over a funny movie … and I am stressing because it hasnt happened and there are only 11 days left.
So it is time to take a big deep breath, look at today as a day full of opportunity, and make the most of each day without worrying about the rest of the days. Today I will
- wrap all the gifts that need to be posted, and then take them and all the cards I finally finished writing last night up to the post office and post them all
- get out the boxes of decorations and encourage the kids to put them on the tree. They love to do this, and I love to watch them do it – with carols playing of course.
- get the kids involved (again!) in helping me wrap and beribbon the gifts for friends and family and pop them under the tree
- spend some time watching a funny DVD or playing a game of cards with the kids
- going grocery shopping so there is food in the house (it gets hard to keep growing teenagers happy with no food in the house)
And that will be enough. If I do all this with an open heart – inviting the Christmas Angel to sit on my shoulder and help me keep calm, relaxed and happy – it will truly have been a great day.
Christmas isnt about hussle and bustle (unless you thrive on it, which I dont). And I feel the need to be reminded of the reason I am doing all these things. And I am stopping any thoughts in my head dead in their tracks when they start down the ‘too much to do, too little time’ track. I am going to relish every single day left in December with an open heart and a smile on my face.
So that Santa can really say I am deserving of whatever surprise he leaves for me…