Funny how I could easily exchange the word 'wonderful' with the words 'stressful', 'insane', 'exhausting' and/or 'crazy'. In our house we try VERY hard to keep this season in perspective. Gifts are lovely as are cookies and parties and lights and trimmings but that really isn't the point. I know that many of my readers are not the most religious people but I think most of us who celebrate Christmas can agree (as parents) that the Christmas season is a wonderful time of year to teach our children about kindness, giving and compassion.
Last year we did a formal "25 days of Christmas giving"(you can find the posts under the label The Reason for the Season). I had fun doing it and blogging about it. This year our contributions will be quieter. Life somehow seems a lot harder on people this year. So many people are struggling and trying to hang on. We're going to do our best to help people in the way that we can.
I hope that all of you can manage to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in your houses. Don't let the cooking, cleaning, shopping and wrapping overtake the opportunity to give, teach and share.
I think if we can manage that in our house it truly will be the most wonderful time of our year.