I don't know about you, but my Instagram feed is already filling up with posts of homes that are looking all perfect - super clean, super sleak, with the most beautiful Christmas trees you could ever dream of. Meanwhile, here I am, little old me, who just managed to take the fall decorations down (read: moved the fake cobwebs that were up for Halloween), and should give myself a high five (I guess) for having hung the kids' paper snowflakes in the window (go me)!
The calendar hasn't even turned to December, and I already feel like a Christmas failure!
As my children get older, I am starting to tread carefully through this holiday season. My heart wants to give them everything they desire, but my heart also wants them to understand the true meaning of the season; to practice kindness and giving, not just in December, but throughout the year. But I'm contending with a society that just wants to sell my children (well, and let's face it, me) a perfect Holiday, wrapped in a perfect bow, shiny, new, and probably expensive. Quite frankly, I just want to be all bah-humbug about the whole thing!
This year, along with chocolates (because, let's face it, I'm a chocoholic), we will be introducing a "Kindness Calendar" to the kids. I printed THIS ONE from the CBC Kids website, but really, I'm using it for inspiration and will be making some of my own. The idea is to spend a part of each day focusing on family, friends, kind acts, being thoughtful, and shifting the focus from ourselves.
So, here we go Holidays - I'm ready for you... kind of... still need to untangle those lights though!