Last week was intensely busy at work for both the Wise and Bearded One and myself. Then, over the weekend there was a Christmas party to go to and a some friends in town that necessitated giving our house a good scrub down so we could have them over for dinner. And we got a Christmas tree. And we did some yard work. Suffice it to say, it's been busy. And all the while the to-do list in my head for Christmas won't shut up.
I sat myself down and reminded myself of my Christmas Manifesto from last season. And I said, "self, take a chill pill." I'm hoping it's working.
My Christmas Manifesto:
This Advent Season...
I will sit down for a cup of cocoa with a friend.
I will delight in time with my husband and daughter.
I will make cookies with my girlfriends.
I will sew and make and create, as I have the time.
I will give handmade gifts when I can, and when I can't I will not beat myself up for giving a store-bought gift or a gift card instead.
I will not let the to-do list in my head get out of hand.
I will take my dogs for long walks.
I will not waste time at the mall buying deals that I do not need.
I will find a way to give of myself to someone in need.
I will dwell in the divine mystery--that God wants to be with us, is with us, Emmanuel, the God-Man. I will tune out the doubts and just enjoy the Story.