Being a planner and a little OCD I learneda little (ok, maybe a lot) last year at this time after gall bladder surgery. I love the holidays, always trying to stuff them with as much tradition and fun as possible. However, last year as I depended totally on my husband and children to get out the decorations and get the decorating done as I lay on the couch I realized some things just aren't as important as we think they are. We all have to slow down. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, parties, lights, Christmas card photos, baking. The holidays are about family, friends, memories, etc. but I don't want to be so busy that we miss them being so full of activities. This year I decided to get a little decorating started(no tree yet, I will draw the line there), I got down two small trees, decorated the mantle and French doors in the entry leading to my dining room.
William found some ornaments in one of the boxes and had a blast "decorating" the small trees for fun. Of course after that he began to ask if Santa was coming that night. Trying to get ahead of the game so we have some extra time to spend together in a few weeks.