Every year, around Thanksgiving time, I start to feel a bit anxious and stressed. There’s so much to do and so little time. This is my favorite time of year so I hate when I begin to feel this way.
Especially this year. Battling cancer has put many things into perspective for me. So when I began to feel stressed this year, I stopped to reevaluate. It’s not about what we do, but about the memories we create. I want my children to have memories of savoring this time, this season where we reflect on Jesus’ birth and the sacrifice that was made for each one of us. I want to slow time.
Ann Voskamp says this in her book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, “…This is the only way to slow time. When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here. I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment” (p. 68).
So this holiday year, I will slow time by being all here, relishing each moment with my kids. They are only little once and already they are growing up too quickly for my liking. I want to savor this time when they are little and we are all together, squished into one space.
Last year, I wrote a post on holiday homeschooling, on taking a break for Christmas. This year, we plan on doing the same thing. We never break from learning, but we do take a break from our usual routine. I am looking forward to a simple routine where we focus on Jesus and living a life of discipleship and service in our advent routine.
And instead of sinking into an unending abyss of to-do’s, I am looking forward to keeping things simple and being present and all here in each moment this holiday season.