The Countdown has begun. Every single day for the past few weeks, Isabelle has asked me, “How many days until Christmas?” It’s a fair question. Christmas is exciting. Belle’s Birthday is just a few days after Christmas, so she has double the reason to be excited.
One of the things Rob and I are continually trying to teach the girls is to live in the moment. The fun isn’t an hour from now, a day from now, or a month from now. The fun is NOW…whatever we are doing and wherever we are. Have they “gotten” it yet? Nope. They suffer from “are we there yet?” syndrome just like any kid.
My thought yesterday as I was getting dinner ready and listening to Bing Crosby and Perry Como sing Jingle Bells and the snow started falling outside was, “Christmas is NOW.” The joy of the season is the celebration of Christmas.
So often, we get into the countdown mentality that we focus on the big day and forget the rest of the days building up to Christmas. Those days count just as much, and are filled with moments of joy that will be remembered for years to come. Christmas day will be filled with mistakes and blunders, tempers and selfishness, greed and sadness—along with all the other good Christmas-ey feelings of yuletide cheer (whatever that is)
My point is—Don’t let this moment pass you up by focusing on the one day that will come and go so quickly. Christmas is NOW. Celebrate, and take it all in. Enjoy this day to it’s full potential. I think it will make the actual day of Christmas even more special, because you have been living in the spirit of yuletide cheer for weeks!