Tomorrow is the 1st of December, the start of Advent and a time when life gets really, really busy. I’m definitely something of a disorganised Mum and never more so than at Christmas – it’s always last-minute despite my best intentions.
Tomorrow we will put up our Christmas tree with family and friends; a tradition we started about 7 years ago. The truth is, we started this tradition, or rather I started this tradition, because I knew that if I didn’t create a tradition, a reason, for our family to do this together we would let the busyness of this time of year take over. By doing this on Dec 1 my hope is that we create the space to think about why Christmas happens and what is important about it over the coming 24 days.
7 years on and I realise I was right. We are completely ill-prepared for tomorrow; I forgot to invite people until about a week ago and I am not quite sure where the Christmas tree is (we opt for a plastic tree on the years we have Christmas in Sydney with my family.) It is in no way convenient for us to have a bunch of people around tomorrow and yet I am incredibly glad that we are doing it. That we will have a space for us, and mostly for the kids, to start thinking about Christmas and what it means is really important to me – despite my disorganisatin.
What I am reminded of each is is that you don’t have to be Pinterest-perfect to make this time meaningful. It’s not about having a perfectly planned series of activities and it would be a mistake to do nothing if you don’t have it perfectly planned.
( If you want to share your priorities with us please join the conversation.)
Tonight I’m going to sit down with hubs and ask him what he thinks our priorities should be and then I’m hoping we can talk about how to make sure that these values come through to our children over the coming month.
I’ve got some last-minute advent activities planned and will share them with you over the next day or two, just in case you’re also a last minute mum.
In the meantime would you do me a favour? If you know other mums who are a bit on the disorganised side, would you share this post with her? Together we can encourage each other that it’s never to late to think about making Christmas meaningful for our family.