It's snowing this morning and Christmas is right around the corner. Are you ready?
Perhaps somebody is feeling how I am. I've found myself struggling to get into the Christmas spirit. This year is different for me, I'm newly married and we will be staying home this year instead of visiting family due to work schedules. So trying to make the best of my situation, I've tried doing some fun Christmas things at home, decorating our little home, and working on Christmas gifts for my husband. I've attended a Christmas concert and drank lots of hot coco. But alas, my little Christmas heart just hasn't gotten the holiday spirit memo. Instead, I find myself just going through the motions and even being a little depressed about the whole holiday season.
So I asked myself, "What makes Christmas for you? What does Christmas really mean?"
I've truly found myself having to define what the holiday means to me personally. Before now, I participated in holiday events my parents planned, but now I am the one in charge of any holiday traditions...and I don't know what to do. I've explored the religious aspect, googled "Christmas traditions", and tried to pin down exactly what the "Christmas Spirit" meant.
I've come to realize that Christmas isn't necessarily about the gifts given or received. It's not about the lights or the holiday food. It's about being happy. It's about family and loved ones. A wise friend told me yesterday, "Christmas is about children, it's about helping them see the magic and then basking in their complete delight." I believe that!
For those of you you who do have children, spend just a few minutes today enjoying the excitement that radiates from your cute little ones. Make sure to squeeze them extra long and give them lots of loves. For those of you who don't have children yet, enjoy the love around you. Whether that is your parents, siblings, husbands, aunts, cousin's, best friends, grandparents or neighbors, make sure to enjoy every minute.
So to answer my question, I suppose I am ready for Christmas. I'm ready to love those around me and enjoy the love the holiday season brings.
The Welcome Baby team wishes you a very Merry Christmas! We'll be back to blogging in January, a new year and new interns.