I've been a little "grinchy" this past week. I've been so disappointed with myself in not being prepared this year for Christmas.
Even though I have a year to prepare, it came at me fast. LIFE has been happening at our house and has been a little overwhelming. I know there can always be a good excuse for not doing things but the Christmas hoopla is something I love.
I love Christmas cards. I love the family photo. I love the driving through lit neighborhoods, ooohing and ahhhing while drinking hot cocoa. I love finding snow so we can build a snowman. I love baking and delivering yummy treats. I love creating the Christmas scenes I have in my head, knowing my man clan will "always remember these family memories."
Who cares that some, okay most, of our yearly traditions went to the wayside this year. I don't think they will remember. I am going to focus on being grateful for my family, the things that we HAVE done this Christmas season and the family memories we are going to make the next few days with our extended family celebrations. No more wallowing for me. I can't rewind the clock so I'm going with the flow and will be in the moment, enjoying it all.
"Gratitude is the key to happiness and anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness. And nothing undermines gratitude as much as expectations. The more expectations you have, the less gratitude you will have." ~Dennis Prager