I’ve had a hard time transitioning from what Christmas meant to me as a kid to what it is now as an adult. For a long time Christmas used to be about the excitement of the unknown. What am I going to get, who am I going to run into when I am out. Anticipation would build, I would feel a burst of excitement Christmas Eve & Christmas Morning, and then a huge amount of sadness & let down when it was over.
I feel that for years I’ve been hanging on to ideals of Christmas that were based on my experience of being a child. When I didn’t feel the same rush as I did as a child I felt disappointed. Since I am now 31, I am fully admitting it has taken me a long to let go of my experience as a kid. This year, I finally realized that I needed to redefine Christmas as an adult. I really thought about what would make Christmas meaningful to me, and I made it happen. It became about building new traditions with my family, adding handmade flair to our home, spending time with our families, and balancing that all with my business’ holiday season. I felt a lot of joy finding the perfect gifts for my little one, making evergreen garlands, and wrapping gifts. I felt like our holiday had a slow burn of goodness. I gave Christmas my best, I felt no disappointment when it was over, and I am excited about what’s to come in the new year.
I am convinced that taking time to really think about what I wanted was all that it took to make my Christmas wonderful. I loved Christmas this year!
This is my little one on her new tricycle. Believe it or not, she’s smiling!
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