Friends, yesterday I wrote about the lessons in turning a long-standing holiday tradition into a scaled-back, closer-to-home experience.
And don’t get me wrong, I believe there are so many things we can draw on from our previous holiday traditions, and carry them forward into our 2020 reality. I am all about optimism and making lemons into lemonade.
But, before we dive too deep into this “making the best of it” stuff, I hope you can take a moment to realize how much you’ve already done this year.
You’ve compromised. You’ve made the best of it. You’ve soothed your little ones’ disappointments and fears. You’ve smoothed over rifts with loved ones about broken plans, or you’ve come up with safer alternatives. You’ve balanced your child’s needs with the Greater Good (not ever easy to do, mama.) You’ve dealt with worries about health, worries about mental health, worries about money, worries about relationships. You’ve fed and clothed and soothed your people, you’ve run yourself ragged to create holiday joy and magic; in short, you’ve mothered your ass off, friend.
It’s all a lot. And I hope you can take a moment to recognize that tonight, even if nothing looks anything like you hoped it would this year.