Holiday Checklist

from Where the Butterflies Go

This Christmas, I am telling my inner Supermom to leave the building.

In the pre-Christmas chaos, I will remember to breathe while juggling the buying flying shopping shipping put-it-on-plastic happy hoopla pot luck and good luck trying to squeeze into last year’s little black dress.

Multi-tasking to the point of burn out will no longer be my middle name. I will not apologize or feel inferior if the cards are late or the presents aren’t perfectly gift-wrapped or the kids look like baboons in the family photo.

This Christmas, I won’t trip over my words when I start to say Merry Christmas to someone celebrating Hanukkah. Screw political correctness. This year I will remember what’s truly important: opening a door for a senior, giving food and clothes to the homeless, teaching the children it’s not all about that guy in the red suit.

This Christmas I will put on John and Yoko’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over)—and listen.

No. Really, truly listen.

Another year over, and what have I done? …And so happy Christmas, for black and for white, for the yellow and red ones, let’s stop all the fight.

This Christmas, I will be still. Between the turkey and the silly paper hats; between the wine and the goodnight kisses, I will find my true North star, make a wish for the world and count my blessings—every one.

Stop and smell the...Christmas tree! Happy holidays and thanks so much for reading. xx
Stop and smell the…Christmas tree! Happy holidays and thanks so much for reading. xx

13 responses to “Holiday Checklist”

  1. I posted a comment here 2 years and 2 days ago that is still very true. The world is lucky to have someone like you, to remind us of the blessings that surround us…

  2. Love this! Hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for sharing this important reminder with us.

    1. You are most welcome Arianna, thanks for dropping by and have a beautiful Christmas!

  3. I, too, love the photo. You are a beautiful family. They and God are your real North Star!

    As for the hubbub of Christmas…our children are grown and on their own. We do very little decorating, but I spend much of my time on our free Search Service trying to help people find special lovies before Christmas. Every Find just puts us more in the Spirit of Giving.

    May you and your family have a Christ filled Christmas.


  4. AWWWW, not I CANT be all wallow-ish about the holidays.
    John+Yoko 4eva

  5. I love this Heather. Well said. We are doing the same. Not a lot of hoopla. Have spent all our money renovating the house. Will enjoy Christmas morning with a tree in our new rec room sitting on new couches sipping coffee and, as always, shaking my head and saying “why does a nice Jewish girl do this every year?” 🙂 Have a great Christmas (Hannukah is over) 🙂

  6. I completely approve of all of this – way to go!!

  7. Happy Christmas To You And Your Family And All Your Readers. I Liked The Photographs VERY VERY MUCH. Beautiful Expression, Beautiful Thoughts, Unrehearsed Text. May God Bless You All.

  8. Heather, You are certainly one of the blessings I count every time I get to thinking about such things. Thank you for being such an amazing friend.

  9. Good for you. I gave up sending out bucket loads of cards some years ago. I send a few to people I don’t otherwise keep in touch with at other times. If the gifts for people I don’t visit arrive on time, it’s a bonus.

    And I love that photo!

    1. Thanks so much. Yeah, we all need to chillax and remember it’s called a HOLIDAY 😉 My kid will never forgive me for posting a nose-picking photo…actually she said it was fine but says she wants the “beautiful one” of her and Daddy too from this weeknd…ha!

  10. what a nice list!

  11. so sweet. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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