All I Want for Christmas

After spending the morning panicking about what to get everyone on the list (and Pop noticing I hadn’t posted in a couple of days!), I decided to sit in front of the tree for a few minutes, listen to a carol (or two), and just breathe.

The ornament in the picture is from my mother’s tree. She had a set of two representing my sister and myself. My Mom covets her Christmas ornaments; yet a few years ago, she gave my sister and I “our” angels for our family trees.

The angel always speaks to me about Christmas’ past. This morning my angel said, “Don’t forget what it is important.”

The best gift I have ever been given and the one I struggle to keep as a priority every year is TIME. With all the rushing from shopping to dinners to parties, I have to remind myself to take a moment and just be present.

On a very hectic Christmas Eve, a few years ago, my Sister and I were rushing to a family party – we were late, of course. We were stressed, quiet, and anxious. At that moment, Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” came on the radio. We looked at each other, laughed, turned it up, stopped worrying about the hustle, and just settled into our car-dance party. We knew we would get there when we got there, but, at that moment, we enjoyed our silliness, laughter, and sisterhood. I have no idea what anyone gave me that year, but I do know that my Sister gave me a memory to last a lifetime.

So, as holiday activities turn your schedule into a code red situation; slow-down, breathe, and pay attention…you are supposed to be making memories right now – not just rushing through the days blindly, wishing they were over.

I wish you all the happiness I have experienced through the holidays. Even if you are not visiting family or friends, this is the season for renewing your spirit. Take the time to be present, remember what has been, count your blessings for what you have, and gather your enthusiasm for what is to come.

And if you have a nice stiff drink lined up for me when I arrive for our time together, I would truly appreciate it.