This whole year has been different. Some amazing highs and lows, and I think, lots of personal growth. I have learned a few things this year, whether or not I wanted to, both personally and professionally. I truly look forward to a new year, and kick starting a new cycle. I have been teasing the kids about doing a polar bear swim again this year... it seems fitting to wash away the old symbolically and starting out a new year.
It is hard to believe that Christmas is in 10 days. I think I will even have Christmas Eve off and I will have an 11 day break from work. In this moment, that is more exciting than the big event. I am hopeful to get off some Christmas cards in the next few days. I want to print out the kids school pictures. I need to make a list of what we need to pick up, and we need to get the tree up. I would really like to get some baking done, and maybe have the kids make a few crafts on Christmas Eve. We aren't doing as many gifts this year, and it feels right. I would like to move more towards experiences we can do for each other for me and my DH, and even as a family. The kids have lots. It is a strange year shopping for them because they have a lot of toys. We are shifting in to more lego, more books, and video games.
I am not cooking either Christmas dinner this year - it feels strange, and liberating all at the same time. I enjoy the craziness, but it is truly intense. The last few years with work, and wrapping, and baking, and then the cleaning, and then two big dinners, and then fall down flat on my face. Should make it a calmer year for all of us, and maybe even less expensive too! Typically, I can't wait for our tax return to get caught up on a few expenses... LOL
I think I will make a special meal for us for Christmas Eve. Then roll with it. Feels like a bit of a reboot. We will also need to see Star Wars. Who knows what else we will get up to, but it seems to be coming mighty quickly. In this moment, it feels like I have a bunch of stuff I would like to do, and the stuff I should be doing (like making cookies for the kids Christmas parties)... and I feel the urge to make some lists coming on...