I have little time to post today. Like many of you, I am attempting to wrap up projects before the holiday, so I don’t have to spend the next four days wondering why one website will not display a feed or how to fix another site’s photographs.
As I mulled and stressed over this stuff from early this morning, I realized this: The point of the holiday is not to get frazzled and stressed, but to give thanks for everything and everyone that I love.
I wanted to take a few moments to wish all my readers a very happy, restful, and relaxing Thanksgiving, and to remind you of this.
It’s easy to get caught up in the, “What am I going to wear” (did this one this morning for half an hour with my two young daughters doing the same-it starts early!), “What am I going to serve?” and “What should I bring the host?” or one of the other many What Ifs that can plague us over the holidays.
Who said holidays were stress free? Not any working mother I know!
My friend’s mother is preparing a family gathering of 94. Yes, as in 9 and 4! She is overwhelmed and frustrated, as anyone would be. 94? Just the thought gives me heart palpitations.
Holidays can be this way, but it’s important to remember the idea behind them, or at least the wonderful aspect of them: Spending time with the people you love.
We get so little of this between work and chores and duties, so make the most of it!
Enjoy that turkey, eat the pie. Eat like there is no tomorrow and then eat a little more. Enjoy watching the kids play, the cousins laugh and the relatives playfully (or not so playfully) argue. Keep in mind the reason that we work: To give something back to our families, whether that be a better part of ourselves because we are doing what we love, additional income to assist the household with bills, or all of the above or something else I have not listed.
Keep in mind the reason we need to rest: To rejuvenate and enjoy time with our family. Do that this Thanksgiving!
Now, I’m off to pack for two kids and myself and my husband, clean up the house before we go, finish the laundry and . . . well, you get the picture. . . the holidays don’t start until tomorrow after all!
See you on Monday!