With just 10 days left until Christmas, I’ve got to take some inspiration from Elsa and let it go.
Whatever it is that’s stressing me out, I’m letting it go.
The holidays are meant to be a joyous, wonderful celebration spent with family and friends.
But I get caught up in the should’s and the shouldn’t’s, adding to my to-do lists and knowing I can’t do it all.
Actually, not even wanting to do it all, even if time and my budget would allow it.
So, it’s time to let go of ridiculously high expectations set by others, by my Pinterest obsession, by me.
And decide how I really want to celebrate Christmas with my family.
Me, personally, with my family.
So, this isn’t some sort of missive meant to convince you what you should or shouldn’t be doing this holiday season.
Whether you choose to buy lavish gifts for everyone in your life or you keep gift giving simple.
If your house is decked out in holiday lights or you stick a bow on your door and call it a day.
If each room in your house has its own Christmas tree or you have one Charlie Brown tree in the corner of the room.
Whether you send Christmas cards or not.
How much holiday baking you do and what you serve for Christmas dinner.
Of course I have my own opinions on what we should do in our own house…
I’d never sit here and tell you what you should let go of and what is worth your time and energy: that’s different for all of us.
But, you can look at all of these holiday to-do’s and decide what it is that you want to let go of.
Every year, my boys have had a good Christmas, even though we’ve had years when we went all out with everything and years when we kept it simple. I’m reminding myself of that as I decide to scratch some to-do’s off my list without actually doing them.
As I’m letting go, I’m also taking some wisdom from The Grinch: “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”