I'm finding that exciting feeling of Christmas a little elusive this year. I thought it would feel different since we aren't struggling financially this Christmas like we were the last few years. I thought that with not having to worry about being able to afford presents for everyone that it would take the pressure off and make it easier to relax and enjoy the season. Instead, I feel like it is approaching so fast and I still don't feel like I've become a 'part' of the merriment.
I know the main culprit is long work hours, which I am realizing I have to draw the line with that and purposefully take time for some "downtime". So this past weekend we went to visit my sister and her kids and took a bunch of blank cards with us for the kids to "make" our Christmas cards for us. They had a good time and were so creative! Just this simple activity and getting out to spend time with family helped it feel more like Christmas for me.
I want to keep going with it, though! So after a short nap after working today, I was trying to think of ways to "join" in on the spirit of Christmas. Spending more time with family is certainly in order. And I think we finally need to go through the totes littered throughout our living room and pull out the Christmas decorations and put them up. And you know what I'd like? Some yard decorations! We haven't put any out the last few years, even though we have the decorations. I think that would make it feel more like Christmas...I can remember when I was a kid and my Dad putting lights and yard decorations up outside...us kids would play around the lights for hours in the chilly, Christmas-y air, and it seemed so magical.
I also think I'm going to make some cookies this year to pass out. I found a recipe for herbed Christmas cookies that looks interesting, and I think I want to try my hand at making some truffles for the first time. And what about some date bars? My Mom always made those when we were kids (and still does sometimes)...they were always one of my favorites. I also think I should go for a walk with my husband on a chilly night with a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows on top!
Well, I got a start on enjoying the season when we spent the evening with my sister and her kids, making the cards. I think it is high-time I purposefully made more of an effort to be "in" the season, instead of sitting back and waiting for it to find me. How do YOU like to get in the spirit of Christmas and enjoy the holidays? --Kathy