Amidst the toys strewn about the floor, my two girls are playing with a blanket.
They are flapping it up in the air, they are wrapping a baby doll in it, they are taking her for a ride across the floor, they are holding the corners and swinging her about. I know quite well that children their age (almost 2 and 3 1/2) do not need a lot of toys, and the simpler, the better. But the excitement around this blanket is very precious…
I’m sure every parent is reminded of this as they watch their child play with bugs, rocks, spoons, or socks. I have decided this year to take a different approach to Christmas next year. Cut down on the presents (I myself really don’t want any–I even find coming up with a wish list to give other people to be a stressful task), cut down on the running around, and focus on the aspect of Christmas that is important to me–the spirit of generosity and good cheer.
I felt somewhat dismayed this holiday season, disappointed in being unable to finish off the holiday lights in the driveway, sad that I never did get to have the Christmas party I hoped I would host this year, irked at how dry the Christmas tree was when we brought it home (a week later than I wanted to), irritated that the reindeer kept tipping over in the wind. There were definitely joyful holiday moments, but far too few for my taste.
This is an original post for Jersey Moms Blog. Darla is a New Jersey mom.