Have you ever not been jolly this time of year? I have. Just ask my children. One day as I attempted to be happy I realized that three things normally help me return to my happy self. The first is to take tasks off my to do list. I really do not need to bake cookies, over decorate, get the tree up by a certain date or a bunch of lights up. Wait, scratch that last one off, I DO need lights up and LOTS of them :-)
Thankfully my handsome husband knows this about me and puts them up for me ♥
The next thing that helps is to just sit and relax. Don’t plan, organize or try and be creative. Just sit and do nothing. My husband has been telling me to do this for most of our marriage. It has just been in the past few years I’ve started listening to him ♥
Finally, doing something fun for me like making the Christmas banner is so therapeutic. On this day I decided to do a craft. While I included the children, the activity was for my benefit. Because if I am cranky, it won’t matter how many sugar cookies I bake or homemade stockings I sew, all they will remember is Mama was mad.
So this wknd we created! I pulled out some thread, felt, buttons and glitter.
While I enjoy doing crafts I am not very creative when it comes to thinking them up. That is where Pinterest comes in and saves the day. Funny thing is I can give my children all these supplies and they’ll spend hours creating. Me? This was all I could eek out before it was time to clear the table for dinner. But when I was all done I was much more relaxed and happy. Being sweet takes work. Working on Sweetness Training always starts in my heart first. Thankfully I have a very patient & loving family ♥♥♥
Sunday evening found us looking out our big living room window watching the snow fall throughout the day. It is so beautiful and makes my children completely happy to see snow coming down.
This year I have decided not to send out a Christmas card. I had thought about drawing ours, which I have done in the past, but felt the days ticking away and pressure to get it done, building. Then I thought about sending our normal picture out and realized everyone has already seen our recent family picture soooooo unless a miracle happens and we all gather together real soon and are all dressed nice for a picture I’m bowing out gracefully of this years Christmas card exchange.
One less thing to worry about which allows me to focus on loving, laughing and living happily with my merry crew.