Friends, we've made it! Here we are in December. Thanksgiving is behind us. We're darting towards the finish. Another year has just about ended. January is on the horizon. But wait...we're missing something here. That other holiday.
I'm a major fan of Thanksgiving. As someone who loves to eat, Turkey Day is the main event for me. The day of all days. But much more than the food, I love gathering with family and friends, celebrating the simple joy of being thankful, getting cozy in sweatpants on the couch with giant blankets and football. That's seriously my idea of heaven.
So once December rolls around, I sometimes feel all spirited out. I tend to give Thanksgiving my all, every year, and then just trudge on towards Christmas. Apprehensive about the production. Nervous about finding great gifts. Frantic to find and hold onto the magic of the season. As our Thanksgiving weekend ended this year, I found myself in a bit of a slump. Putting up the tree and decorating the house felt like a chore, our tree doesn't look quite how I remembered, and many of our ornaments broke during our recent move.
Last night while Christopher was working on his "homework" I sat at our kitchen table and scrawled out some Christmas lyrics that have been running through my mind for weeks. Let your heart be light. The simple act of sitting for a few minutes with those words has given me some hope this December. Christmas can feel so big. So material. So entitled. I'm really ready to let go of that part of this season, because I cannot live up. I'll never be able to buy the best gifts and decorate a picture perfect tree and be with everyone I love, all at once.
So this Christmas season, I'll be working on letting my heart be light. On loving and supporting our family and friends. On watching endless Christmas movies snuggled up on the couch with my boys. On making chocolate chip scones on a Wednesday afternoon for no reason. On listening to good music. On enjoying the weather when we can get outside. On waiting patiently and expectantly for the miracle of Christmas to arrive. And gosh, doesn't that sound so much better?