Can it be true? Has my holiday marathon of cooking, cleaning, decorating, sewing, crafting, shopping, wrapping, shipping, and hosting finally come to an end? Exhausting? Perhaps. Busy? Overwhelming? You know, I can honestly say that this season felt more “full” than it did anything else…full of smiles and hugs, full of delicious food & drink, full of color and magic and meaning. It is, and always has been, my favorite time of year. The thoughtfulness of gifts, the glow of the lights, the joy in the eyes of little ones, the togetherness.
And why? Why in the world do I bake a dozen batches of fudge, order goofy slippers off of eBay, and hot glue a dozen shabby fabric flower napkin rings in my bathrobe an hour before my guests arrive? Because for me, nothing feels more worthy of celebration and merriment, and yes, handmade napkin rings, than celebrating the ultimate gift, the ultimate mercy, the ultimate love.
I’ve been learning over the past few years that no one is in control of my holiday attitude and stress level but me. This year, just a few simple rules for myself. First off, less shopping, and more “moments.” What kind of moments? Baking with my girls, and delivering treats together to our neighbors. Driving the kids around after dark, sipping hot cocoas and admiring the light displays. Catching up with dear friends, new and old, at the merriest of parties. Silly magical elf games with the kids. Thinking of how much someone means to me as I wrap up a simple gift…maybe I had time to make something cute by hand, and maybe not. It doesn’t really matter. It’s about togetherness, and ultimately, sharing the love that we have so freely received.
Ahh, dear Christmas, I’m sad to see you go, but excited for a fresh new year, full of hope and possibility. Wishing you the merriest of season’s, my friends, and I’ll see you in January!