It's the night (well day actually) BEFORE Christmas Eve and as I was going through my plan of "things I need to get done before Christmas morning" I realized NONE of those things involved playing with my son. At that moment I looked up to see my son holding tight to his new race car, dancing around the living room to Christmas music with his eyes closed. (He very much loves his new race car which was an early Christmas gift from his Aunt J.) What an incredible site to see! It warmed my heart and made me laugh out loud at his innocence and wonder of life!
What if I hadn't had that thought? What if I didn't look up at that moment? I would have missed that beautiful site of my son's pure joy and love of life. Shame on me for getting so wrapped up in all of the "shoulds", "coulds" and "need to"s of this holiday season rather than living in the moment!
So, I decided right then and there...what gets done, gets done, what doesn't, doesn't and if someone has a problem with it...frankly, they can keep their opinions to themselves. Because I will never get today back and if I waste it "doing" and "planning" rather than "listening" and "playing"...then it is my own fault if my life passes before my eyes.
So I've messed up. I've made the mistake of putting "things" before my family. I'm not going to beat myself up about it because I'm human. BUT, I do believe it's never too late to change and I WON'T be making this mistake again (at least not over the next couple of days...bad habits are hard to break, you know!). Instead, I'm going to play and laugh and learn from my son! I'm going to watch with wonder as my 2 year old navigates through this Christmas holiday with enthusiasm and a level of excitement that he will not be able to contain within his little body!
The reason I am writing this post is to talk to all of you that are reading this today, parent to parent. I completely understand the stress and busyness of the holiday season...cooking, cleaning, wrapping, traveling, visiting family and friends. All of these things are necessary and must be done. But, if I can impart one very little piece of advice...please, please, don't forget to stop and play with your children this holiday. Even if its 5 minutes here and there throughout the day when you give your children your undivided attention, it will make a difference for them and for you. Let's make some wonderful memories this holiday!
Be safe, be silly, and have fun!
Have a Blessed Christmas Holiday!