Well best laid plans have been foiled once again by busy schedules, the never-ending list of things to complete for the holidays and the parade of invitations to do fun stuff! I have so many posts in my head to share with you (and I even got some pictures taken!) but just have not had the time to get them written. So anticipating that time will be even shorter over the next week, I will wish you a very Merry Christmas right now and leave you with this.
I hope that you will embrace every moment and opportunity to celebrate life and fun with your loved ones and friends this holiday season. Its not about the perfect gift so perfectly wrapped or the masses of rich foods - it is about the moments we share and the memories we gather during these special times.
Do not lose yourself to your desire to make everything perfectly perfect - its a losing battle. Instead, turn up the music, get a little messy, laugh off the clutter and piles of ripped wrapping paper. Get down on the floor and play Star Wars Legos and race Hot Wheels with your small son who will not ask you to join in such play for too many more years. Snuggle up with your daughter (even if she is getting as big as you and has a hard time sharing what is on her mind - particularly with mom and dad) and discuss what are her favorite parts of the holidays so that you can remember next year which traditions are the most meaningful to your children and help them carry on to your grandchildren. Jump on the ice and take a spin around the rink with them. Do not be afraid to show them that you fall down - be sure that you show them you can do it with laughter and keep trying even if it is in front of their whole team and all the hockey moms, dads and coaches are watching. Those are the stories your children will tell in the coming years and they will remember the spirit, rather than the particular toys, or that the house was totally dust free (for about 30 seconds), or that every ornament was hung perfectly spaced on the tree. Show them the spirit in you.