Good morning, Mommy. How was your weekend? Good, I hope. Family, I hope.
I’m starting to think about the end of the year holidays. Trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. The Christian mommy’s juggernaut.
Ready or not, all these holidays are coming our way, so make a little time today to get ready. Look at the budget, vacation time you have left, family you need/want to see. If you can do something now to allay panic later, do it.
Trick or treating candy – Amazon. Costumes, you can have them delivered, but do it now, in case they don’t fit.
Thanksgiving. Where are you going? Who’s cooking? Can you get a little gratitude conversation in amongst the turkey and the football? Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because gratitude is so important in our lives. The media won’t hype this one up, they plow right on into Christmas, so if your family is going to treasure it, it’s up to you.
Christmas. It’s coming. Write out your budget. Love is not found in the electronics aisle. You don’t need to feel pressured to max out your credit cards in an attempt to make sure your kids know they are loved. What they really want from you is time and attention. Block out the time to make cookies, make paper chains, go sledding or to put lights on the bushes in your front yard. Look your kids in the eye. Let them handle the dough, even if they make a mess. Take pictures. THIS is the stuff they will remember.
And it’s harder to do if you are crazed with stress, so, out of kindness to yourself, take time today to do some planning. Block out some days that are just for family joy and do NOT let yourself go to a mall on that day for just one more gift for whomever.
Intentional joy. Awareness. Living in the moment.
Make room for it now.