Well, great news! My grandson was indeed born last Monday - a beautiful little boy - although at 8 lbs 6 oz - not so little.
Being a first time Grandma, I am totally smitten and (I write this very sheepishly) am tempted to show his pictures to strangers. Yes, I am that crazy! I have to use lots of self-control and common sense here. Strangers (at least most...) do not want to look at pictures of my family.
And now onto what I promised last week - how to simplify Christmas. First of all, I want to address traditions. We all have them - certain things we do at Christmas time because we've always done them. I want to ask you a question: do you enjoy the traditions that you are carrying out each year? Do they still serve a purpose? Is the rest of your family enjoying them? These are good questions to ask. It's like the lady with the roast - each time she made a roast, she would cut the end off. When her daughter asked her why, she replied because her mother had always done it. Then the little girl decided to ask her Grandmother who replied that her mother had always done it. Approaching the Great Grandmother, the curious little girl again asked her question - 'why do you cut the end of the roast off?' to which her Great Grandmother replied, "my pan was too small.".
Are we doing the same thing each year? Are we carrying on because it's how it's always been done? If your traditions are not serving your or your family anymore, how about creating some new ones? Sometimes you have to be a little cautious and a little gentle in this area because some are not as open to change as others - try changing up one or two things in the old tradition and each year, continue to modify until it is working well for everyone.
Christmas is to be a time of enjoying each other - it's not just about the presents. Let's focus this season on really loving and
appeciating our family and friends. It's not about what we can get but what we give - this is a great beginning to simplifying Christmas and your life!