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Relishing every single moment

December 14th, 2005 · 4 Comments

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…

Tags: Wonder Woman

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leah // Dec 15, 2005 at 2:56 pm

    You are 100% right Karen. These thoughts are perfect – perfect for a time of year that only comes once each year. The weeks for you to be working and worrying about other things will come around again very quickly but Christmas 2005 is now.

    One of my favourite Christmas quotes also reflects your thoughts -

    The parent who gets down on the floor to play with a child on Christmas Day is usually doing a most remarkable thing — something seldom repeated during the rest of the year. These are, after all, busy parents committed to their work or their success in the larger society, and they do not have much left-over time in which to play with their children. – Brian Sutton-Smith

  • 2 Karen // Dec 15, 2005 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks Leah – I love that quote. And feel, as I reflect on my day yesterday that I DID play with my children and so feel content with the world. I get to put a big tick against everything on that list up there I set for myself, except for the additional wrapping.

    But that is totally cool, cause I replaced that with playing 500 with my son and his mate for a couple of hours last night as well as watching a DVD with the kids earlier in the day, and decorating the tree to the sound of carols with a glass of wine in hand.

    Tis the season…

  • 3 naomi // Dec 18, 2005 at 10:55 pm

    T’was a beautiful card you sent. Thank you. I love reading your posts. It’s like reading a really quick Maeve Binchy book – leaves you with warm fuzzy, but also inspiration. You are a gem… N xo

  • 4 Karen // Dec 19, 2005 at 7:39 am

    Wow – a quick Maeve Binchy? Really?

    Thanks Naomi – you are so sweet! Thank you for your comments and very kind thoughts – I really appreciate them!

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