Here we are again, gearing up for Christmas. I have a little Christmas spirit already…a little. This year I am going to take it slower…not dive in all crazy from day one and hopefully I won’t get overwhelmed and can keep it going.
I have lists for shopping made up, and thanks to the craft show last weekend and a quick dive into Gap (for 50% off the whole store Thanksgiving morning in downtown Chicago) I have some of that shopping complete. Which for me is quite miraculous. I have some decorating done. Some years I go all out and have the tree up and everything, this year I am going to wait a bit and ease myself into all of the fluff. I do have up my nativity/advent grouping, lots of greenery, and all of the nutcrackers in the kitchen. But the tree and any santas are waiting a couple weeks.
I gave up a few things last year to make things easier…I don’t send Christmas card photo and letters. The list was too big (as many moves as we have–it was well over 100) and it was getting crazy expensive to get photos taken, photos ordered, stamps, etc. I might send a few actual greeting cards of my artwork, but it was a relief to give myself an okay not to do this one thing. I don’t bake as much either. I enjoy everyone else’s creations. My family doesn’t eat much of it anyway–and I don’t need the calories, and this year I can’t have the dairy or gluten anyway.
I kept the important stuff…we light the Advent candles almost every night with a carol and a prayer and scripture. I listen to a lot of Christmas music. We make the caramels and hand them out in mass quantities. I make homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning (I am saving up my gluten so I can go nuts that day and have one).
This year I am adding something–I am already completely hooked on Hallmark channel Christmas movies. They are so cheesy and sweet. I just love them. They are the romantic comedies I have been searching for all year! I am not getting anything done at night because I am parked on the couch. But my kids are with me, the fire is going, and I have a cup of tea too. It is making me jolly.
Because that is what the season is about–being jolly in the things that mean the MOST. I have finally discovered that. It isn’t worrying about the perfect gift, perfect family photo and letter, perfect cookie platter, perfect Christmas matching outfits, perfect Christmas Pinterest craft and party, not about the perfect Christmas trip to family (that will go haywire anyway).
‘Tis the season to be JOLLY– here are the definitions to remind us…more on this tomorrow.
“that’s a jolly good idea”