Sunday, December 2, 2012
a christmassy sunday
We pushed through and got a LOT of Christmas items checked off today. My natural inclination is to either be lazy on the weekend and just get the basic chores done (laundry, groceries, lunches) or to take the boys for a day trip the beach or museum, but today we focused in and did the advent calendar prep (feels so good to have that done), bought and decorated the tree, made one batch of cookies for the freezer, assembled a quick Christmas mantle, and broke out the Christmas books. Whew! Now I feel like I can "relax" a little (well, not relax really, but I feel like I'm on track for the holidays which is a very good feeling).
I think I'm beginning to get a handle (finally!) on having a mellow holiday and keeping my expectations in check. I work straight through to the 21st this year. I know I'm not going to be doing any crafting, making Christmas pillows or jammies or table runners or placemats or what-have-you. I appreciate knowing that and being 100% okay with it. Instead, I just want to have the gifts wrapped and under the tree (we've bought most of them already) and the cookies made ahead and frozen and then we'll be good to go.
I happened to be reading my blog from last December (I was checking to see how I did the mantle last year) and it was a good reminder to see that what is really important to me is the solstice trip with the family and just generally being together.
How about you? Are you feeling organized for Christmas? Is getting organized even your goal? I'm getting minimally organized and beyond that plan to just "show up." And it will be fun.