Over the past week I’ve been looking over my previous Christmastime posts to see which are worthy of sharing again this year. And honestly, it made my kind of sad. The past few holiday seasons have been really, really stressful for me. I didn’t find much joy in the holidays and it feels like wasted time. It felt like I was on a countdown to Christmas being over.
So this year, I’m going to be better! Instead of wallowing in the stress of everything, I’m doing my best to rejoice in the wonderfulness of the season.
It’s extra super important to me this year because we missed celebrating Halloween. Due to our late arrival back to Florida, we didn’t get to decorate the house and costumes were barely made in time to do Trick or Treating. And Thanksgiving was wonderful with my aunt and uncle, but hubby was away and the weekend following, which is usually spent getting into the Christmas spirit was instead spent trying not to lose my mind!
But I did manage to get the Christmas stuff out and start decorating. I did manage to get a little bit of Christmas shopping done during the weekend sales. And I’m not feeling stressed yet. I’m actually feeling happy and excited!
I’ve decided that this year I’m not going to get myself caught up in the “shouldas” and “couldas” because I don’t want to end the season with a list of “wouldas.” I want to end the season feeling fulfilled and grateful that I got to spend that time with my kids and family!
So I’m focusing on the beauty of the season (even here in South Florida). I’m focusing on the joy and excitement my children have. I’m focusing on making wonderful memories for them instead of trying to make it “perfect.”
Because, really, they aren’t going to remember that it wasn’t perfect. They aren’t going to know everything that didn’t get done. Hopefully, they’re going to just remember that the holidays of their childhood were magical and wonderful.
And I’m going to be doing a countdown to Christmas with my children. I’m going to be doing a countdown to Christmas morning and spending time with my family. I’m going to be looking forward to Christmas this year because I’m focusing on what really matters.
But if you’re a forgetful mommy like me and aren’t good about keeping track of the countdown to Christmas or need an easy way to mark off the days and build excitement, grab my free printable Countdown to Christmas chart: