When I’m out Christmas shopping I can’t help but notice all the craziness. People are rushing but seem to get nowhere. Sometimes, I find I’m one of them. Time seems to be working against me.
Take the simple act of baking Christmas cookies as an example. Every year, I say I’m going to bake sugar cookies with my boys. I picture the three of us smiling and laughing while we’re decorating cookies, just like
all those moms and their kids in commercials. But, every year I end up baking those cookies all by myself at midnight, fighting sleep as I sit on the couch waiting for the next tray to get out of the oven.
It’s the same with gifts. Every year I say I’m going to have my gifts wrapped before Christmas Eve. But, I find myself at 3am Christmas morning knee deep in wrapping paper and bows. If the lights on in my neighbors’ windows are any indication, I’m not the only one on the block falling asleep just a few short minutes before the children come running in the room begging to let Christmas Day start.
Why is this? Why are so many of us rushing around the mall, baking cookies at midnight, and wrapping presents at 3am?
Maybe I’m just a poor planner. Maybe it’s just the hustle and bustle of the season; it’s just the way it is. Yet, I do have friends who seem so calm and together at this time of year (you know who you are). How do they do that, when I’m running at 150 miles per hour from Thanksgiving weekend till the moment my head hits the pillow after that 3am wrapping frenzy?
At some point each holiday season, I realize that it is what it is, and I remember that every day, every moment, we have on earth is a blessing (even the ones whizzing by at 150 mph), and I can never get those moments back.
As I reflect on 2011, I have enormous gratitude for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon my family. Large blessings, like our good health, and small blessings, like the eggnog that keeps me company at 3am.
In 2012, I hope to be able to slow down and smell the roses every day no matter what my circumstances. I’m going to remember to smile at the stranger who looks sad because you never know what they are thinking. I’m going to hold the door open for the person behind me. I’m going to remember it’s often the little things that make a big difference.
As 2011 comes to an end, I hope you can remember to stop and enjoy the little things for yourself and your family. Here’s hoping your hearts are all filled with Pure Love this holiday season and always!
Image: Kai Hendry