I know first hand that Christmas morning is too late to think about my wants and my needs. The time to give yourself a gift is now – before all the gifts are wrapped and tucked under the Christmas tree.
See the woman in the photo? That’s me with both my boys. You can’t see the tree, but if you could, you would see that there are NO PRESENTS FOR ME under it. With two babies in diapers, I was a distant afterthought that Christmas day.
That’s the year I learned the very best gifts I could ever give myself. These are gifts you can (and should) give yourself this year. Don’t wait for Christmas morning, I want you to unwrap these today!
First, give yourself the gift of simplicity. Find something you can leave off your list. Give one less gift to each child, bake one less batch of cookies, attend one less party, or maybe address a few less Christmas cards. During the time when everyone seems to be screaming “more” you would be amazed at how choosing “less” will set you free. My husband and I observe a “Sharpie Day” tradition for this purpose.
Next, give yourself the gift of significance. Christmas is supposed to be a season of love, peace, and joy. It started out as a birthday party and baby shower for one special family. When we get so busy that we lose track of the whole reason for the season, things feel out of whack. Find a simple way to refocus your family on the true meaning of the holiday. Part of why we throw a big birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve is because it reminds of the significance of the season.
Finally, give yourself the gift of perspective. It’s inevitable that something won’t go quite as planned. Something will be the wrong size, require a strange size of battery, or get burned in the oven. It just happens. And that’s ok. No one will remember by next Christmas. And if they do, it will be with laughter and fondness. Time heals. When something throws you off track, close your eyes and view the event through the soft lens of time. Look at how much prettier your “today” is when you imagine how it will be remembered.
These three precious gifts are yours for the asking. Unwrap them and use them today! They’ll make the rest of your holiday season seem brighter and more joyous.
Oh, and if (like me) you are ordering your own gift, I do have a suggestion for you. Go ahead and pay for it to be gift-wrapped. It’s much more fun than having to wrap your own gift.
Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker writes at This Happy Mom. She has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, socks, and books. She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family. She serves an amazing God. She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder.