Reclaiming Holiday Moments

Right now, I am writing this post, eating sweet potato chips, admiring my Christmas tree, and watching Baby Gus nap in his carseat. His big sister is napping, too, so I have an undetermined amount of time to do whatever I want. My options are almost endless. Aside from the fact that I can't (shouldn't!) leave the house, there so many things I could do: read a book, do some laundry, check Facebook, start a new project. You get the idea. And you. Right now, you are reading this blog and doing God only knows what else. Perhaps sipping some coffee, watching TV, or trying to get motivated to organize your work emails. Whatever. Chances are good that you're multitasking—if not physically, then perhaps mentally. And I'm honored to have garnered your attention if only for a few moments, because let's face it—you have a lot to do. We all do, especially during this time of year.

I don't know about you, but I sometimes forget to have fun. Or relax. But over the next few weeks, I'm going to take a cue from my two-year-old and focus my attention on the silly, the luxurious, and the festive. My girl knows how to have a good time. While I might feel ridiculous modeling my holiday finery in front of the hallway mirror or running laps between the kitchen and the living room, I can certainly find some "big girl" equivalents.

I will go to dinner with my girlfriends, enjoy a single glass of juicy red wine after the kids have gone to bed, and wear something fun for the hell of it. I might just don some pajamas, kick up my feet, and manage to read a chapter or two. I will view the essential animated Christmas shows with Lulu and talk Josh into watching my favorite holiday chick flicks, too. Sure, I will still do most of the banal chores that need to get done around here, but at the end of each day, I better be able to say that I took a few moments just to enjoy myself, to enjoy the holidays.

My kids are still sleeping, so it's time to go for it. I sense a good book and a cup of hot cocoa in my immediate future. It may only last ten minutes, but that's something.

*****

I Want to Know

What do you do to unwind and enjoy the season? How do you strike a balance this time of year between checklists and enjoying the moment?

Find me on twitter @emmasota. And, if you haven’t already, please visit emmasota on Facebook and click “Like!”