The Perfect Christmas Card and Why It Won’t Be Happening
Its that time of the year. The time when we are all tempted to create the perfect memories, the perfect holiday. We rush around from Santa, to Christmas party, to sleigh ride, to Christmas festival, and before we know it, the magic we envisioned for this season is lost. We are stressed, exhausted, and counting the days til we can take down our Christmas decorations and return to life as normal. Sound familiar?
Season rushing ugh
Season rushing has really been on my mind this year. Life seems to be moving faster and faster and I was more than a little irritated that I found Christmas decorations in Costco on October 7th. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays! As a christian, I long for this season to remind myself of the amazing gift we received in Jesus. But in years past I’ve found myself trying to just do too much, which didn’t just take Christ out of Christmas, but it takes a lot of the joy out of the season in general.
So instead of rushing to making Christmas magic, I’m going to mindfully enjoy each season as it comes.
Being Mindful in a season of crazy
Being a wedding photographer, the perfect Christmas card was always a top priority. We had to have a professional session, and order the cutest card on the nicest paper. Somewhere between Christmas cards, rushing around, and the craziness that is life, I just stopped caring this year. I actually considered not sending cards at all! But after reconsidering that I really do enjoy getting Christmas cards too, I decided that taking my girls to a local mall photo studio and getting a quick Christmas card printed would be just find. Is it Pinterest worthy? Some may say no. Is it printed on the nicest paper? Definitely not. But none of that matters. What matters is the fact that a beautiful photo was captured of my girls at a very precious age. It also is a staunch reminder that I need to MINDFULLY slow down.
Yes, we have to slow time
Our kids are growing faster than I can type and soon all of this will be a memory. But this year, I choose to impart margin into our holiday, making time for the stuff that really matters. It may be simple, but isn’t that what Jesus is all about? Instead of remembering a flurry of stress brought on by finding the perfect Christmas outfits or baking 12 dozen Christmas cookies, we are going to focus on the real magic making, simplicity and being together.
Oh, and for the perfect Christmas card? I think this one is pretty much spot on 🙂
Are you living in this season too? What ways are you trying to intentionally be more mindful and present? How do you choose to slow down? Comment below!