Monday, December 16, 2013
I think these two items need to go together better for me this year. This is the first Christmas without my mom. I need to relax and allow myself to feel whatever it is comes through. Acknowledge that feeling and let it go. Don't fight what my brain or body is trying to do, if I need to take a quick minute and have a cry, that is ok. I did yesterday after we put up the tree. I decorated this year with all of the ornaments that my mom passed down to me. Some are from her childhood. We got done and I went and had a good cry. I posted on another site that we need to give love and forgiveness this time of year. Many people suffer during the holidays. They put needless stress on themselves and then cannot cope. That is something they have to work through in their own way. But what we can do is offer that kindness. Call the cranky old aunt who makes us crazy. She may not be here next year. Wish her a happy holiday and let her know someone is thinking of her. Resist the urge to be rude when out in the hectic crowds. Smile when you don't feel like it. Slow down! Look at the snow and the lights and the smiles on your children (or other kids) faces as they see the magic of the season. SING! If traditional carols are not your thing, put on a regular station and let it loose! Can't carry a tune? Who cares! Sing anyway!
This is a picture of my dog in a hoodie to make you smile.