The holidays are upon us and I am beyond delighted. I am absolutely as shameless as any 5 year old. I want to sit on Santa's lap and tell him the 87 things I'd LOVE to have and eat sugar cookies for dinner for the next 23 nights. 'Tis the season, baby!!!
Unfortunately, I know better. And the joining of festive and reverent are not coming easily for me.
Today is the fourth day of Advent. The first purple candle was lit on Sunday and Monday nights with the appropriate prayers being said. I begged off on cooking dinner last night and the tradition is suffering already. I am not proud.
I know that you can't spell Christmas without Christ, but have no idea how to translate that message meaningfully to my children. The expectations are high, but our traditions aren't solid. I am looking for answers and not finding them.
If I am struggling with how to balance the waiting and vigilant preparations then what are my kids thinking? They are looking to me to set the example and, like always in my parenting career, I just don't know how. How can I possibly be a role model when I want to wear reindeer ears everyday? If you know the answer, please reach out.