Our Christmas decorations and trees are now officially up.
I will not lie and I'll admit that while I was setting up our extra large prelit Christmas tree that we bought brand new last year and I discovered that two strings of lights were not working I had less than peaceful thoughts. When it took me close to two hours to figure out what the problem was I was not in that lovely peaceful place I was talking about in my previous post. Instead I was fighting really hard not to let a string of profanities leave my mouth. But I did find the problem eventually and soon that peaceful feeling started creeping back in.
And then the kids woke up from their naps and all chaos broke loose. Their little heads nearly exploded when they saw the Christmas trees all lit up and every shelf and table, nook and craney stuffed with snowmen and reindeer, and of course the nativity. It was almost too much for them to bear.
Now this is the part when I surprised even myself. In the past I have always decorated the trees while the boys were fast asleep. Just thinking about all of the craziness that would ensue if I had them joining in at such young ages made my head hurt. Plus, I like my trees to look neat and tidy. There is no way I could stand by and let the ornaments be splashed about the trees willy nilly. But this year, this year I threw caution to the wind. I took my own advice, gave myself that peaceful feeling, and just let everyone enjoy the season. And, boy, did they!
It turned out to be a very important lesson for me on letting go. Something that is so often difficult for me to do. But because I decided to ease up and let go we had a super fun night. A night I know I will always remember. And to my shock and elation the kids did a GREAT job decorating. I couldn't believe how thoughtful and careful they were. I was so proud of them. There was no fighting over ornaments, no whining, or crying. Everyone was having a wonderful time.
After all their hard work the kids just wanted to lie beneath the tree and watch a Christmas movie. Even Grace went and laid down between her brothers and stayed there for a good amount of time.
Be grateful for each new day. A new day that you have never lived before. Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably. We can squander, neglect, or use them. Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.