|Posted by Lesley-Anne Sheppard on December 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM|
What would the holidays be without a misty-eyed mommy moment?
The sheer excitement in the eyes of my children this past week has brought out a little of the child in me I think. I won't lie, I just wasn't feeling the spirit, until a few days ago, when we got a beautiful sprinkle of snow and then BAM!! It hit me - all of the kids enthusiasm started to rub off on me. I delightfully wrapped some gifts with a little Michael Buble on the side and began to reminisce on Christmases past. Ok, not really....I did wrap gifts with Mikey, but instead of looking back, I chose to look forward and imagined the look on their little faces when sunday morning comes, and it brought a smile to my face. The same face that one hour earlier had been ready to burst into tears if I couldn't get a trip to the bathroom alone!!!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my children with every fiber of my being but there have been moments, especially the past week, that I was dying to stick them in the corner covered in lights and bulbs, if it meant that they were not bouncing off the walls for five minutes! What is it about Christmas that brings out the craziness in my kids?!?! (And by "my" kids I mean, well...every child I came into contact with).
But our children really do bring out the kid in us no matter how hard we try to be the grown up, mature and hide it - it is there, I know it. I can see it and I can feel it. And I bet that you can too.
So this year..... don't spend the holidays stuffing down your feelings of giddyness and joy with sweets, alcohol and more alcohol - yes, you do! Instead I challenge you to be a little silly even without the liquid courage (especially at 8 am ;)) and not only enjoy the excitement around you but partake in it too! Share your spirit by showing those around you just a little bit of the kid in you.
Our children have so much to teach us. We so often say that "christmas is for the children", but why is that?
I think it is because they are not so guarded with their joy as we are, and we love to experience that in our lives.
But that doesn't have to be reserved for just the children!
We can have that every day!
We can BE that!!!
Why not take a little of that and share it with your loved ones this year? It just might be their favorite gift.
Don't just "survive" the holidays but THRIVE through the holidays and into the new year.
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season and a prosperous new year filled with nothing but love, light and joy!