I'm sitting down and taking my first break on this utterly grey and gloomy Monday. I'm trying to refocus,
trying not to look at my To Do List, which seems to have grown longer
(probably when I wasn't looking),
trying to just sit here quietly and enjoy this moment.
Easier said than done.
What is it about Christmas that seems to shorten days? Suddenly I find myself scrambling amidst tinsel and trimmings to get too many things done in far too little amount of time. I just want to throw my hands up and scream, "STOP!"
Again, easier to wish that than to will it.
As I get wiser (notice I did not say "Older"), I find myself learning to slow down a bit, and take things one day at a time. And to that end, it's a lot easier to observe this wonderful Season and actually enjoy it.
My baking will get done. Eventually.
My house can wait another week or so to be cleaned. I hope.
Those To Do Lists will be full of check-offs. At some point.
And in the meantime, we have two very eager 7 year olds awaiting The Big Day around here this year. Seeing their excitement grow every year, their anticipation starting a bit earlier each year, is pure joy for me.
And seeing Christmas through their eyes is a miracle. Each year they show me something different because they are a little bit different. A little bit older, a little bit changed. And they share that with me.
I keep a running record of it in my heart, filing it all away in those secret places Mother's have in there, just for memories that are both seen, felt, and relived. The Year I Held Them In Their My First Christmas Outfits. The Christmas They Toddled About With Their Dress-Up Pig & Tiger Tails Tucked Into Their Pants. The Year All They Wanted Was A Choir Of Sing-A-Ma-Jigs. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Every year, a little bit different. Each year special in its own way and for its own reasons.
It's a gift in itself to be able to sit back and observe it all. And I will make time for it. I will.
This is the year.
No more fussing.
No more worrying over what is done and what isn't.
No more trying to do more than I can.
Not this year.
This year I watch.
I take mental pictures of it all and store it.
Because it's all precious.