I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s already November. This kinda marks my most hectic time of the year. I have children with birthdays on Nov 18th, and Dec 14th, my niece and nephew have birthdays on the 21st and 28th of December, and of course there is Thanksgiving and Christmas, and all that entails.
It would be so easy to slip into stress mode. LOL truth be told, that path is well-worn! But this year I’m going to try something different. Slowing down. Some of my favorite parts of this time of year are getting lost under my to-do list.
We’ve been doing nature walks since the kids were born. We discuss the changes in trees, the weather, etc, and collect bits and pieces of fall to take home and decorate the house. We didn’t do that last year, or I think, the year before. This weekend, we’re going!
I love baking cookies with the kids. The kitchen gets all kind of messy and the cookies, well, let’s just say more frosting is licked from fingers than put on the sugar cookies. The last few years I’ve been doing most of it myself because let’s face it, it’s neater and more efficient. But are the holidays about neatness and efficiency? Not hardly!
So this year, I’m going back to basics. If you come over, be prepared for a house that is not ready for any covers of any magazines (Unless they have one called Clutter Is Us) It probably won’t even be ready for company. You might have to move a pile of school papers off the kitchen chair before sitting down, and watch the Legos on the floor—I did tell them to pick those things up. But there will be cookies. I hope you don’t mind the fingerprints. I made them wash their hands, honest.
This year my goal is making those memories that last forever. I want to have fun with the kids.
So that means…
And that’s okay!
What are your favorite things about the holidays?