How about we take it easy on ourselves this year?
Admittedly, I am a decorating perfectionist.
I won't go as far as to say I overdo it. I really don't think I do. That said, I love a cozy, festive home and for the most part am very particular about the house looking just-so, especially when we're hosting guests.
Given the uniqueness of this holiday season, I'm embracing the opportunity to take it easy on myself (and my family) and to not get caught up in doing things the way I always do them. There'll be plenty of time and reason for that in 2021.
In fact, this year it almost seems trivial to worry about such things; I'm not so fussed about the best new decor items when I know there are so many more important things to think about.
At the moment, it feels good to focus on others: It felt good to send all of our annual Christmas cards to Armed Forces members who won't make it home for the holidays. I look forward to serving meals in our local community this coming weekend in an effort to help our neighbours in need. We've bought gifts for the local toy drive and will be spreading cheer to those we love in ways that require an investment of our time instead of our money.
This Christmas, I'm trying to focus less on the stuff and more on how we're feeling. The idea that my loved ones are safe and healthy and happy, even though I can't see them in person, is the thing that I celebrate most. The fact that we've come to the end of the year and are looking forward with anticipation to the changes that 2021 will bring, is a blessing I couldn't have anticipated needing at the beginning of 2020.
Instead of spending on items that give our home great holiday curb appeal, I'm spending quality time doing things that fill my heart and make me feel good. Writing. Baking. Reading. Repeat.
I encourage you to do the same, to find that thing that gives you joy and to do it. Fabulous decor can wait for another day.
If it feels good, ignore the pressure to have everything just so. This year, just be. Take the time to take care of yourself and to enjoy the moments and the people around you.
From our home to yours, I wish you peace and joy, love and health this holiday season.