Christmas is on Friday! I can’t believe it. This year has gone exactly the opposite as I imagined it would. This will be our first year traveling (with a baby, too!) to see family over Christmas. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone, but I can’t help but think about all of the little things I need to do.
It sort of stresses me out. It makes my head hurt and causes arguments between my husband and I. It makes my wallet hurt and families bicker. It’s as if, on accident, things become so stressful this time of year. Why is it that way? Why does the best holiday always become the most stressful holiday?
You know what?
I don’t want to be stressed out.
This is Christmas- the most wonderful time of year- and I have decided right here and now, that I will not allow myself to be stressed. I will not allow myself to get caught up in things that don’t matter. I will enjoy this time of year, because it’s my son’s very first Christmas! I will eat and be merry. I will wake up eight (or is it 9?) times a night with my son. I will spend too much money on Christmas books.
I will be a jolly fellow.
Because this is Christmas.
I know many of us, myself include, can often get so caught up in the “logistics” of Christmas. We plan and worry about things like what gifts we’re going to get our family, friends and co- workers. Is the gift good enough? Should I have spent more money? We worry and plan about what food we need to bring for Christmas dinner, what we’re going to wear, how we should wrap a gift, send a card, etc. There are so many little details around this time of year.
You know what?
None of that matters.
I have to remind myself that, and I want to remind you, too.
Whatever is on your mind right now, whatever is on your “to do” list, or whatever you feel like you have to do, buy, make or plan right now, just let it go.
Celebrate, go to Church if you want, open presents, eat 9 cookies in a row, or apple pie, or drink beer if that’s what you like. Play games with your family, watch Christmas movies, relax. Do whatever the heck you want to do. But be still. Be simple. Be in this moment. Be today. Be present. Take pictures. Take a video. Take more pictures. Listen to music. Celebrate the birth of our Savior. Rejoice.
And when you look back on this time of year, I hope that you’re able to remember the simple joys of life.
Because that is what matters.