In the Windlasse world, our days can go from rain to rainbow in a split second. Shifty winds are part of life, and any good sailor knows to head in the direction of the best breeze. This page is dedicated to sharing fresh ideas for having a great day!
Schedule a Magic Morning
Bells were jingling in the car last December, when my son announced he thought Run Run Rudolph was Mom’s theme song. Ouch. I think I laughed at the time, but later felt the familiar sting of the crossroads between holiday bliss and holiday miss. By holiday miss, I mean that moment when you realize that your well-intentioned plans for creating a beautiful, joyful, peaceful season are hanging by a thread at best. It’s more like a mad dash to a finish line that hopefully ends with at least a nap before the new year. After a year full of adventures, this ending to the story is so not a-okay with me! It’s a pattern that begs to be broken, and here’s my small plan for shifting the mood this year. I’m scheduling it. Yep, I’m adding “magic” to my day planner like milk to my grocery list, and now I’m really feeling it. The magic is back.
First you have to get set up… put the Hallmark Channel movies on record, collect holiday books and magazines, buy supplies for a craft or homemade foot soak. Then pick a morning once a week, when you know the next day doesn’t require as much brain power, and wake up super, super earlier. 3:00am is perfect. Time to wear your winter pjs and cute socks, add the season’s signature flavor (think eggnog, pumpkin spice, and peppermint) to your coffee, or opt for a cup of hot cocoa – yes of course with the mini-marshmallows and whipped cream, and pause to enjoy some simple pleasures. Sink yourself right in to the spirit of the season before the rest of the world wakes up. This strategy can work great for little ones too. I hearby propose that, on occasion, the “Night Before Christmas cuddle” we treasure is better enjoyed in the morning, than lost altogether.
For sure, scheduling magic mornings won’t take away all the stresses of the holidays… the cooking, the parties, the shopping, the wrapping, but to be honest, if you are anything like me, you probably enjoy those things and wouldn’t want to give them up. I think the problem is that in “Run Run Rudolph” mode we don’t notice the magic moments that we long for, even though they are there all along. December’s Daychanger is to schedule a few magic mornings during the holidays, in hopes that they just might slow us down long enough to see the joy we’ve been missing before we enter Santa’s workshop for the day. It’s been such a good experience so far this year, that it has me wondering if “being present” is actually the “best present.” Hmm.