My Christmas wish for everyone this year is to live simple and love like crazy.
I haven’t always lived simply. I used to pack too much into my schedule with things that didn’t matter, especially at Christmastime. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do some of the things that really mattered like spending more quality time with the people I loved.
When our kids were young, my sisters and I had a cookie exchange tradition. We would each choose two different cookies to bake, meet on a certain date and exchange them. My sisters are all fantastic bakers but I am not and hated spending my time baking. One night I was stressed out because my cookies weren’t complete and the due date for the cookie exchange was near. I was whining to Mark, actually crying to him, and he asked me why I was involved in this cookie exchange knowing how much I disliked baking. I thought about it and finally realized that I needed to drop it from my to-do list. The next year I bought cookies from my sister Joan because I didn’t want to miss out on the Beckman sisters’ cookies and I was much happier.
Sometimes we do things, especially at Christmastime, because we feel obligated, guilty or think it is a Christmas tradition that we can’t break. After years of being totally exhausted on Christmas morning I finally realized that I needed to simplify my to-do list during the holidays in order to enjoy them. Ever since I changed my focus to more meaningful things instead of meaningless tasks, my Christmas celebrations have been awesome. If I have time to send out Christmas cards that’s great but now my main focus is enjoying this beautiful holiday season with the people I love.
This Christmas is going to be extra special because the only thing I will be focusing on is soaking up all the love around me and hoping to give as much love to others as I am receiving.