December is my month. My birthday falls two days after Christmas, and, well, Christmas is my very favorite of all holidays.
I’ve always felt a special connection to Christmas because my birthday shares a timeframe with this holiday. I feel like I was born to love Christmas and all things festive.
I love hot chocolate, sparkly decorations, colder weather (I love this ONLY for the month of December, then I’m done with it), gift giving, gift shopping, peppermint and chocolate flavors, Christmas movies, Advent studies, and the list goes on.
But this December, as the month started, I felt a sort of sadness. Teaching this year has been extremely stressful. It has nothing to do with the kids, and everything to do with the state testing. I’ve felt drained enough when I come home that I just don’t even want to try to enjoy the rest of the day. I don’t want to cook, I don’t want to go to the gym, I don’t want to write or do anything I usually enjoy. Additionally, I do have a part time job that takes up some of my free time.
So I was feeling sad. Sad that I wouldn’t get the time to enjoy the holidays until our break came. Sad that I wouldn’t be able to focus truly on what the season is about.
And then I decided to change it, because perspective is everything. Instead of feeling miserable and stressed and put down and exhausted, I’m going to see this season for what it truly is. A time to wait with anticipation, a time to pull loved ones closer and spend more time with them. A time to look at beautiful lights and walk closely to stay warm in the chilly weather. A time for holiday shopping with friends.
I’ve made a bucket list for the holidays, and we’ve already got one crossed off. I’m making sure we don’t let our time slip by while we’re both working several jobs. Instead, we’ll be conscious to do the things we love and enjoy each other.
This is such an important time of year to reflect and grow stronger in hope and faith and patience. Being present is hard when your mind is spinning with the gifts you need to buy and the work you need to do to make the holidays perfect for everyone else. Instead, let’s just be present with the people we want to make things perfect for- and let’s find joy in the hustle and bustle moments as well.
You can get the same bucket list print to make your own list and make sure you’re making the most of your time (plus, it makes a pretty cute decoration) this holiday season! Visit my new website where I’ll have info on my art: wordscansayit.com. You can get this free print there and check out the other stuff I’ve been making!
Merry Christmas, friends! What would you add to your holiday bucket list?