A number of years ago I wanted to put a little more meaning into the holiday season and
BE Present for December was born. It was a fun way to recognize the little things in our lives that brought us joy when we weren't looking. Looking for positivity when we least expected it. I continue to spend December looking for the greatness in the season rather than focusing on what is not right in my little world.
This year, the family project is a bit different.
The focus has become less about what is under the tree and more on what MAKES the holiday season so special. So many friends talk about the crazy stressful feelings brought on by the holidays. The "should" and the "have to's " are constant words describing the season...
I really should....
do a little more shopping,
do a bit more baking,
get another gift for,
put up the rest of the decorations,
get the lights up,
send the cards,
plan the menu,
write the letters to Santa ;)
and let's not forget the I have to...
get a Secret Santa gift,
take treats for the weekly treat day festivities,
get an ugly sweater,
go to the office party,
and make sure you look like you are enjoying EVERY minute.
Why do we feel this way? Simple. Because we are doing the majority of the holiday 'stuff'!
What MAKES the holiday season special? WE DO!
Now since this is my story, I get to choose the project theme!
If you haven't read The Five Love languages by Gary Chapman, go get it. This is not just a book for couples, this is for every relationship in your life with those that you are close to. Understanding how you give and receive love, as well as those around you is eye opening!
I have learned am an Acts of Service kind of gal.
Small Deeds, Big Love.
So, what does more focus on the holiday season mean to me?
It means all the little things that get us to an enjoyable celebration.
Now that the kids are older, they can take on more responsibilities.
The more on my plate, means please pick up the slack.
Appreciation for everyone's contributions, however big or small.
That means, recognizing the part everyone plays in the weeks leading up to the Big Day.
The little extra effort everyone takes when no one is watching. 'Cause let face it, I am watching!
The acts of service that will make me enjoy the shopping, the cooking, the wrapping, the decorating, the baking, and the rest of the holiday stuff that MAKES it enjoyable.
What do I want for the holiday season?
I want to know I am appreciated.
I want people ( my family) to see all the little things that go on to make the holiday season enjoyable.
I would like nothing for Christmas...
except small deeds.