As I sit here pondering Christmas and how incredible it was, I can’t believe it’s already over and I can’t help but think about what I can do different next year. Besides the fact that I will buy more Christmas dinnerware and make sure we don’t run out of the necessities like mashed potatoes and WINE, there was so much more I wanted to do. I came up with all of these ideas to celebrate Advent and to pause and take a step back to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, but I still have work to do. It’s so much easier said than done and those plans seem to go right out the window when I’m in the middle of all the shenanigans. I mean, I know I will NEVER be like those Pinterest mom’s who cook everything from scratch and do a new freaking fabulous craft with their kids every single day during the holidays while hosting cookie parties all at the same time, but I’m truly working on getting my kids to school on time and desperately trying to sign up to help out in their classrooms for Holiday parties…or for that matter, help out with ANYTHING in their classrooms. So other than the importance of planning my outfits and leaving sweats out of the equation, and possibly ditching the red lipstick, next year I promise to do things a little different. For example:
- Start planning early. I will definitely mark it in my calendar to start planning our Christmas festivities sooner than later. I hate to admit that this year we didn’t even plan our company holiday party until 2 weeks before Christmas!
- Decorate earlier. I was a single mom for so long and we often lived in smaller homes or apartments, so I couldn’t decorate outside and all we had up were lights in our window sills. For the last few years I have been nagging Matt about putting up Christmas lights and I feel like I have been patiently waiting to have beautiful Christmas decorations on the outside of our home, so if Matt doesn’t get it done next year, I WILL!.. Or I will hire someone 😉
- Read more Christmas stories to our kids, especially Hudson. It’s really important to me that our kids
grow up knowing what Christmas is really about. As my older kids grow up, I am so thankful that they understand what we are truly celebrating and I want to start young with Hudson too.
- Less shopping. This was Matt’s first response! And I actually agree. It’s not just about the money, but about losing our focus on what’s more important. We would like to shop less and serve more.
- Take a family trip. I wanted to take a trip this year but we are in the middle of adding on to our home, so leaving town didn’t fit in the picture. How amazing would it be to be able to give back and help others, then take off with your family and get away from all of the holiday hustle and bustle? My hope is that this would help us reflect on our family and the Lord without all of the distraction from all that needs to be done and bought and cooked and gifted etc etc etc…!
- Watch more Christmas movies! I have such a love (and maybe an obsession) for Home Alone. I can actually sit down and watch this entire movie, which just doesn’t happen when you’re a mom! Our kids eat up that special movie time and we would really like to make this more of a priority.
- Bless our neighbors. Most of the people in our neighborhood are retired and they would love company AND cookies I’m sure! Matt and I, unfortunately, are not the best neighbors, we don’t make much of an effort to communicate with them and we hate this about ourselves! I often go out for a run or walk with Hudson but I’m so in my element that I don’t stop to talk to any of them, I just keep those Beats blasting in my ear and run on. Gosh, as I’m typing this I feel like such a B word! But that’s why this is on our list, we have such conviction that we need to be better neighbors. So next Christmas, if I can’t bake, then at least I will buy a bunch of cookies and deliver them to the folks around us.
These are just a few things I would like to do different next year, I’m sure I could add a dozen more because there’s always room for improvements right?! Aside from all of this, I am so thankful that even though I had to share my older kids, we were able to all be together for Christmas, and that’s truly the BEST gift I could have asked for!