What I love most about Christmas!
How typical is this? I’ve spent the entire year reading “Simple Abundance” and trying very hard to learn from it … and it completely falls apart in December. Sort of like “hitting the wall” just before the finish line. But, let me clarify.
I absolutely love Christmas. Always have. In fact, I was given a Christmas-themed bridal shower before I got married because everyone knew how much I loved it. Flash forward 15 years, 3 children and a dog and it’s all grown to be a bit hectic. All of the experts tell us to simplify – give things up – prioritize. But what if I don’t want to? What if I want the big Christmas tree (I will admit with great embarrassment that I actually have 3 trees), the homemade cookies, the parties and egg nog, the Christmas carols playing while the turkey roasts in the oven. What if I choose to just go with “abundance” and forget the “simple” part for this one month of the year? How can I do that and not become completely stressed out? How can our priorities be kept straight amid all of the hustle and bustle?
Well, if I go back to the basic ideas from the beginning of the book (gratitude, simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy) and see where all of the commotion of December fits, I just might have something. For example, I’m unendingly grateful that I have these 3 noisy, messy, emotional, beautiful kids to do all of this for. I’m grateful I have the means to do it. I’m grateful I’m healthy and can enjoy watching them enjoy it all. I do my best to provide as much order as I can throughout the craziness (I am a Virgo after all) and try to be organized. By NOT getting all stressed out and unleashing Mom-zilla on the family, I add to the harmony of our home. And, well, I think my 3 trees are beautiful and they give me, and my family joy.
So what if none of this is simple? Life isn’t simple. As it happens, it’s noisy, messy, emotional and beautiful too. And that’s just the way we like it around here!