“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith… I love this quote. It’s one of those things you read that really help you remember to stop and slow down for a minute. The holidays are such a crazy-busy time of year for most of us – there is just so much fun to pack into such a short time. Parties to host, events to attend, holiday attire to shop for, gifts to buy, relatives to visit, trees to decorate, cookies to bake… But along with all of that fun can come a lot of stress, as you strive to do everything you feel you “have to” do, and attempt to create the “perfect” Christmas. But like the quote says – the most important part of the season is to feel Christmas in your heart. What does that mean? Well, it’ll be different for each person… For me, it’s remembering what I’m thankful for. Counting the blessings we’ve had this past year. Taking time to do good, give back, and donate gifts to the less fortunate. And to take the focus off of buying and spending and let myself just enjoy the little moments – snuggling on the couch with Abby to watch old Christmas cartoons, or watching the snow fall late at night while enjoying a glass of wine – peaceful.
Another thing that’s been helping me slow down and savor the season is this super fun holiday countdown calendar from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Each day you get a new idea that encourages you to take time for yourself, do something fun, and remember to enjoy the holiday craziness. A few of my favorites this week….