Christmas is next week. Ach!
Are you ready? I’m ready but I’m not ready, know what I mean? The tree is up, the gifts are mostly bought, and I’ve been baking cookies and breads for our family and to give to neighbors and friends. Yet, somehow, even though the stores and media have been cramming the holidays down my throat since before Halloween, I can’t believe it’s the end of the year already.
Part of it is because I need to slow down and savor the good times. I want to enjoy the season, make lasting memories, and have fun. It’s been a great year and I’m sad to see it end.
It’s not easy to enjoy the season when you’re trying to balance regular, everyday life with all the commitments this time of year brings. I’m learning to say no to those things I really don’t want to do or the commitments our family has outgrown. It’s not personal. It’s self-care!
So here’s to the holidays. I’ve gathered a couple of things to remind us to slow down, reach out, and enjoy our lives as we say goodbye to 2014!