As moms, even as women in general, we are crazy people. We want everything to be just right. We all have control issues, don’t deny it, we do.
We want to control how things are in lives, especially during the holiday season. I find myself starting to become a little more nutty than usual around this time of the year. Then, add kids into the mix, and it’s a lot more nuttier.
From decorating, to dinners, to holiday parties, plays, meetings with “Santa”, ITS CRAZY!! We all want to enjoy the season, but sometimes, we can get extremely overwhelmed by trying to make it “perfect”.
So, I decided this year, that I am not only just going to do the things that need to be done for the holidays, but I am going to show up, and be present in everything I do this month. I am actually going to CELEBRATE this holiday season, and enjoy it.
Here are 5 Ways that I am finding the best to “be present” with this season, and soak it all in.
- Always remembering to “keep Christ in Christmas” and know what the true meaning of this holiday is. Most of us get caught up in the “commercial” part of Christmas. There were people out on Thanksgiving this year, (which baffles my mind) shopping to get a “deal”. Did anyone even think about the people working on that day, and where their families where? Knowing that the holiday season is about giving, how about giving back, instead of always giving gifts. I am finding ways this year, to give back to people and my community. The true spirit of Christmas is about joy. It’s about spending time with family, giving to those in need, and being blessed for what you have. So this year, I am trying something new and remembering the real joy of the holidays, and what they are all about. Yes, we are giving gifts, but gifts that make a difference to someone in their life. And gifts are ok, as long as you always remember the other important parts of this season.
- Slowing down to celebrate JOY. How can you actually enjoy this beautiful time of year, if you are running around like crazy trying to find every last person you know a gift? Or, like me, stressing out to decorate 7 trees, my mantle, and every other empty place in my house with garland? (yes I officially have a Christmas tree problem.) But this year, I am slowing down, and taking the time to go to the zoo with my kiddo, go see a nativity scene, drive around my town and look at everyones lights like I did when I was a kid. Whatever it is that might allow her to see the beautiful sites at this time of year, I am doing. It is JOYFUL.
- I don’t want to miss my daughter’s first “real Christmas”. This year is my tiny humans first Christmas where she can actually participate in things, and see all the wonderful things of this season. Her first snow experience was the best! So, I don’t want to rush it, and certainly don’t want to miss her face when she sees these things for the first time.
- Spending the most time I can with family and friends. These are the two most important things in my life, my family, and my friends. They are what this season is about as well, so I have decided to make sure that I celebrate with them. Holiday festive drinks, food, and the best kind of conversations you can have! We already started off the season with our Annual Day After Thanksgiving Party, and Friendsgiving. Let’s bring on the get togethers, holiday music and awesome food! ( especially the cookies, hehe)
- Finding ways to do random acts of kindness. I found this pretty awesome post on Pinterest the other day. It is called Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. I love what her and her kids did to make their advent calendar super cool that year. Please check it out! I added the summary version above, but here is the first post she did about it.
So this year my friends, try and celebrate life during the holiday season, and never forget what the true meaning of Christmas means to you and your family.
Author: Nicole Mildren
Nicole Mildren is the author of Champagne To Crayons, first time mom, and celebrates motherhood in the best way she knows how; by remembering she is just not a mom. Owning her own business, and Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh MomCon helps her stay sane in the world of motherhood.