In the Mood
One week, two days until Christmas. It's sneaking up on me this year. How about you?
Oh, we've put up our Christmas tree, decorated our home, done most of our shopping and wrapping, but it still doesn't feel like Christmas. Admittedly, living in South Carolina, especially after growing up in Ohio, doesn't help. It's hard to feel Christmasy in 70 degree weather when you grew up awaiting Santa with snow!
But this year, life seems to be getting in the way of Christmas. Nothing major...just the regular drill, the droning that just won't stop. Do you feel like you are busier than ever?
Holiday traditions can shift our mindset away from the ordinary to embrace the distinctive gifts this season brings. So determine to stop the madness and make time for your family traditions. If you don't have any, here's a list to get you started:
Pick out your tree together...already cut or go for the gusto and cut your own!
Decorate the tree together, preferably with a fire going in the fire place, and then enjoy cups of hot cocoa together while you sing Christmas carols.
Watch a Christmas movie as a family...the Santa Clause, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the Grinch, It's a Wonderful Life...
Bake Christmas cookies together...sugar cookies are fun because oooh, the decorating options!
Do you notice a theme? TOGETHER! A tradition is simply doing something-anything-at the same time every year with people you love. Our lives are so busy, torn in so many directions, that together can be a difficult element to capture. But together is so worth the effort!
Will you take a moment to share your favorite Christmas traditions? You may make a tradition--a lifetime of memories--for another family!