Time, please slow down!
In all honesty, looking forward to the last few Christmas’s has been a bit of a struggle for me. My mom has been sick and in the past I was hanging on by a thread mentally and emotionally. Christmas just meant more stress for me, I hated to even have those thoughts but it is true and they were real. Go ahead and pile on hosting, spending tons of money and the fact that I had to handle everything else life was tossing my way, holy crap I was on the verge. Guess what? NOT NO MO, HONEY!
My dad always uses the phrase, “this too shall pass”, and for many years I was like, “Yeah, ok.” But it appears as though, he in his infinite wisdom was right once again and life has settled down a great deal and the wheels that popped off the bus and rolled down into some stream somewhere are officially back on and I have been playing Christmas carols and burning Balsam Fir candles since November 1st.
I am officially in the Christmas spirit and looking forward to all of the magic that comes with the holidays! And for crying out loud, I should! Our twins turn 7 in two weeks and aside from wanting to beat both of their asses yesterday for being brutal, I love this age and their excitement for the holidays is palpable. I want to bottle it up. My friend Michelle always says, “Christmas is more magical through the eyes of a child”, (she makes me laugh) but I think 7 is the prime Christmas magic age she is referring to and I can’t wait to savor every moment with our babies, family and friends. I am so looking forward to getting “nogged” with my sibs, fighting with my friends at our “screw your neighbor” party (over the rules) and eating and drinking lots with all of the people I love!
Now don’t think I have gotten all pie eyed and gone completely off the deep end. There will always be an aspect of the holidays that really chaps my hide and that thing is shopping. I hate it and I suck. Historically, when it came to Christmas shopping, my anxiety would kick in to high gear because I could never make a decision. What should I buy them? Is this too much? Is it not enough? Will they like it? Will they use it? But as fate would have it (and I having a serious talking to strangers problem) I would have a conversation with a random on the train that would erase those anxieties forever and give me the gift that keeps on giving, with this BRILLIANT twist on how to “give” for the holidays.
“Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read.”
Great, right?! I love this because now gift shopping can be done with intent and purpose. Being the practical Capricorn that I am, I know the kids and husband are getting an item off of their wish list and of course some surprises that can actually be used.
There you have it. If you aren’t one of those amazing people that has shopping done before Halloween and are perhaps in search of a tradition to start with your “kith and kin”, I am happy to be sharing this with you. It’s a keeper. Happy Holidays!
List of 4 Things
Something You Want
Something You Need
Something To Wear
Something To Read
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? I would love to hear.
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