How is it already December 23rd? Halloween was late this year (thanks to Superstorm Sandy rescheduling), Thanksgiving was early, I blinked, and now it’s Christmas.
You mean you don’t celebrate Christmas with the Muppets? Perhaps you should.
Thankfully, we recognized that a calmer holiday season was in order (as opposed to our usual crazy hosting of hordes of people with groaning tables of food). While we missed the cacophony at Thanksgiving, keeping it simple this year actually gave me time to wrap presents days ahead of time and make something more than just chocolate chip cookies for Santa as the kids are going to bed on Christmas Eve. I broke out the cookie cutters from my own childhood, and let the kids lead on baking. Tomorrow, we decorate, and Kermit will likely lose all his facial features under mounds of powdered sugar icing. But I’m ok with that. At the end of the day, the kids are happier with ‘candy sandwiches’ anyway, and I’ve actually been able to enjoy their company without running down the mental list of things I still need to do. Sometimes you just need to take the holiday season slowly.
Here’s to important connections – family, friends, the neighborhood coffee shop, bakery, cheesemonger, or just the neighbor who smiles while walking by – all the little things that add up to a life well lived. Happy Holidays to you, and thanks for helping me feel connected to what truly matters.