What are you up to this weekend? Do you have a crazy, long, exhausting “To Do” list for getting ready for the holidays?
I recently saw a great revised list on Instagram… and it really made me think. So I got to working on re-setting some of my own priorities.
#1: Do you have a lot of presents left to buy? I do! But I’m not going to worry about it. If it gets down to the wire, I’ll just give gift cards or money. I think my kids like that best anyway.
And when I receive a text from my cousin’s six-year old daughter like I did earlier this week that says:
I have a concert on Saturday December 13. Can you be there? I don’t know what time
Well – you can bet I’ll be there. Those kind of invites are too precious to pass up!
#2: Do you still have wrapping to do? Remember there are always gift bags. Instead, make sure you wrap everyone you love with lots of warm hugs. And my little twist is to always try to be the last to let go…. You never know when you might get the chance again or how much that person needs it at that moment.
#3: I still haven’t sent my cards out. And you know I’m a card making fool! Much more fun creating them than addressing and stuffing and licking envelopes, so whatever ones I do get out, I do – and it will be sent with all the love and time I put into it. But if I don’t get them out, or even mail them after the holidays – that’s ok – right?! No crime! I want to make sure I’m sending love, not just a card for a card’s sake.
#4: I’ve got lots of food shopping to do – and no worries – the stores are open 24 hours, so I will eventually get there. What I do want to make sure we do is donate food to those in need.
#5: I love to make cookies – and it is a rare occasion that we don’t have a homemade cookie in the house to munch on or offer a guest – but guess what? No Christmas cookies baked yet. I’ll get to some I’m sure. What is more important is making time for people – like the little cutie we’re going to go listen to sing on Saturday or the chocolate-making class I went to last night with my daughter-in-law. Sure – I could be baking, but I first want to make time for those I love.
#6: I adore seeing all the Christmas lights, and Marty and I sure had fun at Kennywood’s Festival of Lights, but what is more important is that I make time to BE that light.
#7: And Parties….. I kinda live for hosting parties. We are hosting four in a row from Christmas Eve until Saturday 12/27, and then again on New Year’s Eve. YIPPEE! Am I stressing over it?! NOPE! Will I fuss? Probably not so much. Or maybe a little – if I have time. But if I don’t — – not gonna worry! As long as the people show up, we have something to eat and drink, and there is lots of love and laughing – then the party is a success! Right?
So check your list. Does it need a little tweaking? A couple of revisions? Make sure you are cherishing each moment along the way.
Cheers and Hugs,