I’ve been thinking. After my list and getting it all done yesterday, it made me think a lot about the way I try to accomplish things — immediately. Because I know myself and I know that I need to get things done the very second that I have the motivation. It’s this anxiety that I carry with me about my own procrastination – I know that if I start something and don’t finish a.s.a.p., it likely will never see the light of day again.
I surprised myself yesterday. I set the intention that we were going to have a calm day without stress, especially not in relation to anything Christmas. In doing that, I managed to get everything done without stressing us all out and not giving my kids what they need and just enjoying each moment so much more. Crazy how that’s the case, no? It’s like the saying, “When you’re in a hurry, take your time.”
So we woke up today and I thought about what I need to get done. And I looked at our Christmas list and how many things I’ve checked off already because I want to make sure I squeeze it all in during the season. And I thought about this post and how over two weeks until Christmas is an eternity to a 3-year-old. And I thought about Mia coming in to tap me awake and asking, “Mama, what are we doing today?”
And I decided that we’re staying home. And not doing anything Christmas-related for a few days. And we’re sticking to the resolution from a few weeks ago to really not take the kids out to anywhere that bombards us with the holidays because it’s just.too.much. Even in my own quiet way and search for enjoyment in the holidays, I’m contributing to that right now.
We’re bundling up and going for a walk outside. We’re going to explore in the backyard to watch how the seasons are changing in ways that have nothing to do with Santa or presents or buying. We’re going through the bookshelves and picking out books we can’t remember reading and sitting on the floor with a stack. We’re making more warming food together – maybe a stew or chili for tonight and starting some bread. We’re going to catch up on some laundry and dusting and make it a game to enjoy the time together. And maybe none of the above if the only reason seems to be to check it off the list. We’re keeping the tv off.
And when I get the kids down for a nap this afternoon, I’m going to finally snuggle up under a quilt with a cup of tea and read every single word of the new Rhythm of the Home.