Week 38: Wow! How much time has passed since this all started. As we are heading into the Christmas season I am beginning to wonder about all the traditions and things we do trying to figure out what we really want to do this holiday season. I think this is the perfect time to reassess with all the turmoil what really matters to us. We can shed some of those “We have to” this year because there is a bit of grace in this pandemic. People are more understanding of breaking traditions and expectations right now. Once we break away it will be easier next year continue on with what we love rather than what is expected of us.
So what are we giving up?
- Over decorating. All the Christmas tchotchkes that we put out year after year and then have to wrap and put away carefully for the next year are nice but I will pare down to one or two with memories of our families (grandma’s tree and our special ornaments come to mind) but the rest? We will save for another year.
- Over eating. We love FOOD! But, we are not going to have to eat all of everything. We are freezing cookies, leftover appetizers, and meats. We will have a freezer full of food to pull from in January for our no buy month.
- Over booking. This was the easiest and the hardest all at once. No Christmas parties, holiday concerts, and family gatherings. No last minute shopping trips to pickup that elusive item or cramming one more thing into an already overloaded schedule. So what am I filling this time with? Spending time with my family doing fun things. We came to the realization that both kids are both leaving next fall and this is our time to take advantage that they are still here. We are reading our family books, playing more games together, planning a last big family vacation for next year (this travel agent needs to be hopeful!), and teaching those last little lessons we hope they will remember as they go out into the world.
How are you redoing your Christmas traditions or are you doing the same things this year?