It's December and for once, I've brought my A game. Gifts are purchased. Christmas tree and decorations are up... like a week ago, pssh. We've made some homemade snowglobes and papertree crafts a la Martha Stewart. We've dipped stuff in chocolate and have even enjoyed a hot cocoa bar. Christmas carols playing on pandora non-stop and our Christmas cards will be out sometime next week don'tworryaboutit. What's that you ask? Do we have a homemade-y type advent calendar with activities/fun lil' things to do for each day? Yes. Of course we do.
I'm not kidding. I'm killing it this December. By the end of the month my kids are going to be begging for it to stop. And if they're not, I didn't do my job.
Perhaps this sounds typical for you, but I don't think I'm usually this on-the-ball. I always aspire to have it together, but I just don't. Some years are just more hectic than others. And then there's the time and the stuff and the effort. But this year I'm killing it. (Did I already mention that? The part about me killing it? Has my blog offically become one of those blogs that makes you feel inadequate about yourself? Perfect. Mission accomplished).
The nice thing about doing all the work upfront is that I feel like I can relax and actually enjoy this month, plan some outings along the way and soak it up. And while I'm being a little joke-y and smugish I truly hope that with so much periphery out of the way, we can also find ways to really make Christmas more meaningful. Think about a way we could serve someone else. Teach and talk to my girls about Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas. The decorating, the ornaments, the magic to me is all a reflection of the real magic and awe we should feel about the birth of Jesus, His life and love for us.
Oh did I mention we also met the Grinch and made graham cracker gingerbread houeses? Don't worry plans for a real gingerbread house is already in the works.
ps. Just a quick blog pole...should I cut bangs again? Remember me with bangs? I just can't decide.