My Christmas Wish For You
Maybe it’s just me, but the holiday season always makes me start to feel super sentimental about life in general. I don’t know if it’s the Christmas lights or all the special family traditions, but I always find myself sitting around reflecting on the year, and recognizing how crazy fast life is passing by and the fact that I’m not getting any younger.
And yes, I’m turning another year older on Friday (I’ll be 28, in case you’re wondering) but it’s not even about that.
I think more and more the older you get the more you realize your parents and grandparents weren’t crazy when they told you life goes by quickly and the advice of “Better enjoy it while you can!” wasn’t a half-hearted joke like you always took it as being.
I’m not even exaggerating when I tell you that my boys were seriously just infants and before I could even blink they’re now in kindergarten and 2nd grade. Like what? How does that even happen?
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We get so “busy” working and getting into our daily routines that I think sometimes we miss all the little moments that are so important and insanely precious. I could literally kick myself some days for the moments where I give the excuse to my kids or husband of “Not right now, I’m busy.”
Because yes I’m busy, but aren’t we all? And don’t we have the ability to choose the levels of busy-ness in our lives?
You guys, life is so incredibly precious and all these ordinary moments in our day-to-day are worthy of our attention. And in fact those moments are the ones that need our attention more.
When I get to be 80 years old, I don’t want to look back on my life wishing I had spent more time with my kids or regretting the fact I didn’t share a slice of cake with my husband on a week night.
Instead, I’d want to be able to tell you how my boys make the best homemade “presents” for me on almost a daily basis (aka hand-drawn art on notebook paper). I’d also want to be able to tell you that my husband has an uncanny ability to make me laugh uncontrollably, even on my worst days.
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So in case you’re feeling overwhelmed right now amidst all the chaos that the holiday season can sometimes bring, just remember what’s really important.
It’s not about the Pinterest worthy dinner or driving yourself insane trying to make it to every holiday gathering. It’s not about buying the biggest, most extravagant gift out there or giving your kids every present under the sun.
Instead it’s about simply being together and spending time with those who truly mean the most to you.
Take a step back, put down the phones, turn off the computers and TVs, and make it a priority to spend time together this holiday season.
My wish for you this Christmas is that you have the most magical one with your families. I hope you make the best memories and create fun traditions that will be incredibly special year after year.
That no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’re taking the time to savor every precious moment and really be present with the ones you love.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
As I do every year, starting today I’ll be taking some time off from the blog to really enjoy the next couple weeks with my family. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season full of blessings from above!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara