Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas, without the excesses?

I've finally gotten out of bed after being down with a viral fever for almost a week. From running full steam fitting the kids and work into my schedule, to being knocked right to my feet by a tiny unseen bug, it was very frustrating.

Alas, another timely reminder to take care of myself and not neglect my health. And to get enough sleep, on a daily basis!

Feels like I've being given a new lease of life. Can't wait to spring out of bed and start running again. As I drifted in and out of restless slumber, trying to will the throbbing headache and aching bones away, I was conscious there is still so much to be done.

Oh, Christmas is right round the corner and a whole new year begins in 10 days. I'm not ready!

This year, more so after Konmarie-ing my room, I'm torn between being minimalist and keeping to the excesses of the season.

As I was lying in bed mentally counting down the days I had to finish de-cluttering the whole house before 2017, I was thinking of the presents yet to be bought, and really not looking forward to battling the crowds in the malls.
Kids decorating their aunt's tree next door
Besides dealing with Christmas presents, I still have so many items yet to be struck off my ever growing to-do list before the new year dawns, and I'm feeling frantic.

Settling back-to-school matters, the burgeoning pile of home admin paperwork, work admin issues to clear and planning the schedule for next year to fit everything and everyone in.

Amidst all of this, I have to keep reminding myself to take it slow and not get caught up in the meaningless rush of the season, or end up getting snappy at them. I'm more mindful this year, especially because of Kate.

I have discovered that she has an unusual need for routine and ample transition time. We figured it must be very chaotic to be the 6th child in a household where things are happening all the time and with random (to her) people streaming in and out.

So this Christmas, as I try to find time to plan and reflect, I will be mindful to slow down and focus on the important things and remember to be grateful for all that we have. And perhaps, I will be successful in guiding my older girls to understand the real meaning of Christmas, instead of getting caught up in the commercial excesses of the season.

They want the works. I want it simple.

Kate? She doesn't quite care either way. All she needs is mummy and daddy, to be surrounded by people (and dogs) whom she loves and who loves her, and she is one contented kid.

May we experience the true joy of Christmas and bring peace and love to those we meet.

Blessed Christmas.



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