In the midst of Christmas preparations, life happens. I'm finding this year, that it takes a conscious effort to remember to enjoy it. Every year I vow to do less. And every year I do less. But still, I'm wishing today for a chance to go to a park with my kids and enjoy them. But I have cooking and cleaning to do to prepare for 3 days of "celebration". 3 days of kids being wired and likely sugared. What I would give for a quiet Christmas Eve with immediate family only and a laid back Christmas Day at home with my in-laws... what would I give? Would I hurt my family's feelings? Would I deny my mother the chance to bestoy her love language on her grandchildren? Would I neglect the long drive to see good friends for the first time in many months? What does it take to scale back enough to enjoy Christmas?
Thankfully for me, as the Yeoman Farmer so aptly stated last year, Christmas is 12 days long! I have 4 more days of chaos, then I will sit back, snuggle with my children in front of the tree. I will putter in the garden and get us all dirty planting lettuce seedlings. We will spend evenings with a nice fire and hot chocolate singing carols.It's then that I can stop and smell the roses. Then I'll celebrate more extensively the Gift of Jesus. Until then... back to work, break is over.
Merry Christmas from all of us on the 'stead!