December 19, 2013

Soak up the Reason and the Season

I've seen this pin floating around a bunch of boards this week
and it made me happy that so many people
were attempting to get to the TRUE meaning of Christmas.
As I've grown older, I've become more and more aware of 
HOW STRESSFUL the holidays can be
and of HOW MUCH pressure people put on themselves. 

Our world of constant access to everyone makes
keeping up with the Jones' even harder.
Everywhere seems show some remindar of how
MUCH better someone is at something.

Your ELF ON THE SHELF isn't as good as theirs.

You might not be ready for Christmas, but did you see so and so had their tree up before Thanksgiving with all presents wrapped and placed under the tree.

All of so and so's gifts are hand made.

Or 100% green.

Or all on sale.


And it's soooooooooooo not the point of Christmas.

I know some people aren't religious, but choose to celebrate
the giving season of Christmas and treat it as a
THANKSGIVING with presents.

Personally, I agree with the quote C's grandmother wrote
on the back of our Christmas card
"Santa lives at the North Pole.
Jesus lives EVERYWHERE!"

However, to each their own. 

I think that EVERYONE needs to take a step back
from the STUFF and really soak in the MOMENTS!

The *small* and the [big] moments.

And realize that their moments don't have to look like
ANYONE else's moments.

Your moments might be a particulallry funny Elf on a shelf.
Or a special dinner out with a loved one.
Maybe it's the Nutcracker ballet.
Or maybe it's just a Christmas movie at home in sweats.

My moments have changed this year.

It's less about the doing things, and more about recognizing
the moments that are all around.

Simple, married moments that are made more special by
Christmas tree light and music.

Last night was a testament to making moments
and not just wanting things.

C and I had planned to go to the National tree
as we have done the past three years together.
It's a lil tradition we love and one I was looking forward too.

But, when my husband came home looking exhausted
after multiple late nights working,
I embraced change and canceled our plans.

I let him decide what he wanted for dinner and we ended up
going into a different part of town for a wonderful
date night together.

It wasn't what I planned, but it was perfect.

As good 'ol Kenny says,
"yeah man, that's the goooooood stuff"

My hope for you sweet friends, is that you embrace
this season and you embrace the reason. 
We may not share the same beliefs,
but we can share the idea that moments
and people matter more than things and stuff right?!?


Remember, keep the CHRIST in Christmas
and the X in TeXas! :)


My bit of cheer was listening to this song on Pandora. 
I know it's old, but is one of my favorite holiday mashups.
They are so incredibly talented!


Jenn said...

I definitely agree that my list is shorter and shorter as I get older of the "STUFF" that I want. I find it much more meaningful to be around the people I love, having them healthy...that's the good stuff.

Nikki said...

I love everything about this post! It's amazing home "competitive" people can be around the holidays -and all the time at that- I always I want to tell people stop living life thought someone else and live YOUR life in the moment and don't miss it!

Hope you and the Mr. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Monica L said...

Great post! I definitely love to take a step back and just appreciate the sentiment around this time of year ;)

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

This post put a smile on my face. It's SO true. If I didn't get a single thing for Christmas I would be 100% happy. The best part of the season? Sunggling up with my littles, enjoying time with family and friends and just taking a step back from day to day life and remembering to be thankful for everything God has blessed us with!

The Pink Growl said...

I agree with this post SO MUCH! I've definitely put pressure on myself to buy the best gifts for Christmas and it's just exhausting and I don't have the means to do it. I'm really glad I've taken a step back this year to really feel what the holiday is all about.

Illegally Blonde said...

I had this same feeling Monday. And yes X in Texas, but get your butt here....

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I so agree. I think it is about the feeling, and helping others. Feeling the joy in spending time with people versus all the things you can buy. I love the video at the end, my friend Heather got me hooked on them.

Aleshea said...

Yes ma'am to that quote

{Jessica} said...

I literally love you and this post so much right now. In blog land, sometimes it can be very hard to get past the stuff that we are always surrounded with...It's EVERYWHERE! Wish lists for us, wish lists for our kids, wish lists for our men. Recipes to bake. DIYs to complete. Outfits to buy. It can be so overwhelming. And in reality, none of that is what is important. And NONE of that is the reason for the season! Love your quote from C's grandma - Jesus is everywhere!:)

Thank you for this today!

Carolyn said...

OMG. I needed this post. As excited as I am to celebrate Christmas with my little Weston, having a baby at Christmas is stressful. :( Thanks for making me remember to enjoy the real reason for the season!!

Janna Renee said...

This is a great reminder boo! Love you and your 'spirit' ;)