Mondays after a holiday are always the toughest, right? Here’s hoping it’s not too rough!
I started the long weekend with a half-day Wednesday. A girlfriend and I treated ourselves to holiday manicures, and J and I spent the evening drinking champagne and watching Home Alone 2 (a new holiday tradition!). Thanksgiving morning we made the trip east to spend the day with my family. We had the best holiday: my mom and grandma made a delicious meal, and we spent the evening playing games and watching Christmas episodes of our favorite shows. I did all of my Black Friday shopping online, opting instead to visit my grandparents for an afternoon of homemade soup and desserts. Saturday night we treated my mom and dad to a birthday dinner (they’re a few weeks apart!) at Nick Ryan’s in Lexington, and Sunday we watched football and decorated the house. It was a whirlwind but the most fun.
On Sunday Sheryl and I tried to plan a time to get together for lunch or dinner, and we both realized how packed our schedules were for the next month. At first, all of the festivities seemed daunting. But now I’m looking at them as a blessing: we have parties and recitals and events and dinners and birthday parties galore for the next few weeks, meaning that we have a lot of people to love, who also love us. And even though this is the season of “busyness”, it’s also the season of togetherness. What could be better?
Instead of being stressed this holiday season, I want to soak it all in. I want to be grateful. I want to watch every holiday movie and show possible. I want to enjoy all of the seasonal treats, without punishing myself for indulging. I want to drink champagne and wear red and too much lipstick. I want to sip festive cocktails while basking in the glow of our Christmas tree. I want to remember every single moment with my sweet niece, who loves the holidays as much as her adoring family. I want to be thankful for our health and happiness and remember that things could look very different a year from now – we mustn’t take anything for granted. I want to enjoy the sights and the smells and the sounds. Christmas lights. A balsam and fir candle. Cider. Bourbon. Christmas carols. A crackling fire.
Let’s spend less time discussing politics and scrolling Instagram and Twitter, and more time being present and engaged. Let’s spend more time enjoying our loved ones. More time celebrating. Take a walk around the neighborhood after dark (you know, at 5:30) to see all the lights. Make a charcuterie board on a Tuesday while watching Elf. Pour some bubbles and play a board game. Turn on a Pandora holiday station while you wrap presents. Buy yourself some Christmas pajamas. Drink an extra cup of coffee with a splash of peppermint mocha creamer (or some booze – no judgement). Stay up a little later. Love a little more. Think like a child. There will be ample time for worry and stress and obligations in the new year. Don’t let the joy and magic of the season pass you by.
How do you plan to enjoy the holidays this year?