Why is it more difficult to get into the spirit of the holidays during some years? This has been one of those years for me. I am not sure if it’s because I was traveling, our older girls aren’t home yet, the weather has been warmer than usual or if it’s just me.
Sunday I decided I was going to get in the spirit. I got up early and opened the curtains to the beautiful snow that had blanketed the city the day before. I then proceeded to put on my hubby’s Christmas pj pants because mine are all in the dirty pile apparently. Yes, these red pants with white snowflakes help my festive mood. No, I haven’t been listening to Christmas music or baking cookies, I have been writing for 5 hours…in my bed…in pjs. You know what though? It’s working.
So, it got me thinking. What about this day is bringing on the festive mood? And before you ask, no I am not drinking any holiday spirits…yet! And then it hit me. It’s exactly what G and I set out to do at the beginning of December. Be present.
When I awoke at 7am and began writing I was singularly focused, relaxed and present. Nothing else had changed. I still haven’t ordered Christmas cards, I have barely shopped for anyone, we have no food in the house (which is why I am currently eating leftover Chinese food), I have piles of dirty laundry and a large mountain of dress clothes that need ironing before the hubby goes back to work. I, however, am perfectly zen and in the holiday spirit.
So it seems that actually quieting the mind, breathing and all that sunshiney stuff we talk about over here at Lowi & G work! I mean I knew they worked, but I have a hard time with the quiet part, the breathing part and the whole stopping thing. In all seriousness, I do struggle with stopping in the midst of chaos to quiet my brain because my brain says power through, you can do it, don’t stop until you drop. Who is with me? Anyone?
The last few years G and I have made it our goal to already be in a running/workout routine prior to the New Year and to actually make it to January 1st calmly having enjoyed the season. I have accomplished that goal the last few years, but I am realizing that I did it by getting things done early and in an orderly fashion. So far that is not happening this year, which is partly why I have felt a little less than festive.
So, what’s my plan in the midst of December with a long list of things left to do? First, I will shop online because it’s too cold and snowy to go out barefoot and in my hubby’s PJs. I will throw a load of laundry in and I will make sure the hubby has something to wear this week, but maybe the rest of December he should think about PJs. The Christmas card? Well, I’m just saying that wishing everyone a Happy New Year wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Oh, and the youngest and I will be binge watching Christmas movies on Netflix while eating the cookies our neighbor baked for us.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G