letting some things go

It never fails … every year around this time I have a long list of ‘want to dos’ and very little time left to actually do them.

The list is usually filled with good things: create meaningful gifts for teachers and neighbors, bake favorite christmas treats, wrap presents beautifully, set up the elf in clever ways each night.

You get the idea.

I’m guessing you have a similar list because ’tis the season to go get overwhelmed by our lists of good things.

The truth of it is, as great as the ideas/activities are, some times we just have to let go.

Take, for instance, our family christmas cards.

It was so hard for me to finally come to terms with the fact that in addition to everything else on the list, getting family photos, selecting a design, ordering the cards and then addressing was just not going to happen this year. It actually took me a few days to make the decision to let the cards go. I love having the keepsake each year, I love receiving friends’ cards, for goodness sake JDC started as a custom card company! But allowing myself to let the idea go has really changed my attitude about this holiday season.

Sometimes, no matter how good it may be, you just have to let it go.

My best friend is passionate about healthy eating and gets up early to make a wholesome breakfast for her family. It is something she enjoys and believes in, but sometimes, she says, her life ends up feeling a bit like Groundhog’s day – wake, fix breakfast, do dishes, kids to school, make dinner, do dishes, sleep. Repeat.

Anyone?

She didn’t ask for my opinion but in light of my recent christmas card decision, I gave it anyway: sometimes you just have to let it go. Even though you value healthy eating, it’s okay every now and then to stay in bed and let them grab a bowl of cereal {this coming from the mom who regularly stays in bed while her children make a disaster of the kitchen. What can i say? I value sleep more than a crumb-free floor}.

It may look different for each of us, but I’m guessing we all have a few things to let go.

Holiday cards. Eggs & bacon. Perfectly piped sugar cookies. That last homemade gift on your list.

With only a few days left before Christmas, I’ve made the decision to let go of some things and grab hold of moments with our family that ultimately mean more than darling christmas cards {oh, it still pains me!} and elaborately wrapped gifts.

peace

May you be filled with peace as we move through this most wonderful time of the year.

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58 Responses to letting some things go

  1. crafty grandma December 21, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    My late mother kept telling me to ‘let go’ so yes. Yes, I stopped sending Christmas cards many many years ago. Unfortunately I was too busy to go sledding or ice skating or took the time to watch movies with them to bake them cookies and buy gifts. Then the kids grew up, got married and now I have 3 wonderful grandchildren. Since being forced into retiring, we moved from the city to the country, I took up knitting to combat boredom and yes, made my own cards!! No more pressure, no more running around (except for the gr-kids present) so now I find myself reading blogs of young mothers who don’t find ‘time’ to do the things they want to do. Family is the most important thing, as the children grow up way to fast and leave home. I baked cookies yesterday (way too many!) and just sent some over to the neighbors which she was pleasantly surprised! She is leaving today for a trip to her mothers some 300 miles away by car in the middle of a snowstorm…I pray that they have a safe journey even though she is not my daughter, she is of my son’s age. So to all you mom’s give your kids an extra hug, enjoy the time you spend together and yes, absolutely let some things go for you will have time to do them later in life – when you retire! and they, too will be pleasantly surprised. Happy holidays to all.

  2. Stephanie December 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    AMEN, sister. My friend and I were just talking about how different the holidays are as adults because the memories, the food, the good times, and the gifts, etc. are our responsibilities. The glorious thing about letting go is realizing that it’s ultimately not about the food, the good times, the gifts, etc. – no, it’s not even about the memories – it’s about giving thanks and celebrating all that we have in Christ. It’s about our Jesus, about how God fulfilled ancient prophecy that night when Christ was born, and it’s about what exactly that means for us here and now in almost-2013.
    Everything else most certainly will follow if we make the worship of our Savior primary in our holidays.

  3. Audra December 23, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Ahhh… I needed this tonight! It is 12:15 am and I am up making a ridiculous amount of head bows for my daughters stocking, stressing about getting all my baking done, and sewing burp cloths.. Now that i think about it….Those shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate from Costco are sounding perfect for my neighbors, my 3 year old has enough bows, and 2 burp clothes will have to do. Goodnight and thank you!

  4. Nicole December 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Thanks so much. This is making me teary eyed just reading it. I am grateful for your words.

  5. Jennifer Hodge December 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I have been thinking about your four gift idea and wanted to ask how it went yesterday!??!?!?!?!

  6. Jessica Engel January 2, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Thank you- I so needed to hear this today. I was beating myself up the past few days about all of the “Christmas misses”… all of those things I had wanted to fit in for memories with the kids, but couldn’t get around to all of them. And guess what- we all had an amazing Christmas anyway. Imagine that ;)

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