Welcome to Simple Joys on Chief 187™Chatter.
This is truly my favorite time of year! I actually have many favorite times but this is the season we are in so it is my current favorite.
Like with many things in life, it is the anticipation of what’s to come rather than the actual event that gets me and keeps me excited.
As in any situation, my good comes with bad. My joys accompany sorrows. My reality falls short of my fantasies.
But when I leapfrog from one Simple Joy to the next – immerse myself in my own private pleasures – then I find every week is most enjoyable.
And now, without further ado, is this week’s Simple Joys.
After listening to our son practice at home for months on end, to hear him perform ‘flawlessly’ with his school band was a Simple Joy that left us filled with holiday cheer and optimism for his future as a musician.
Having a snow day during the hectic holiday season was an enormous and welcomed Simple Joy.
We played a silly Christmas Ring Toss game they had gotten for St. Nicholas Day, and then we played Kids’ Charades. We ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home and together as a family. We made Christmas cookie dough but not cookies as we just weren’t in the mood. We got our Cub Scout to finish the rest of his Wolf requirements in a quality session of just him and me. And, finally, we sat down to watch A Christmas Story. Many watch this when it is broadcast for 24 hours on Christmas Eve and Day, but we are never able to watch it as we are always entertaining a massive group of family (happily so).
Spending a day together at home, in our pajamas, during the holiday season was a rare and luxurious Simple Joy.
During our unplugged day we were talking about Christmas Eve and what kind of cookies to leave Santa. My son blurted out, “We should leave a gift for Santa! I bet he doesn’t get any!”
So, we discussed what he could do for Santa and the boy came up with the idea to make ornaments for Santa’s tree. Then he happily and skillfully made three different ones out of construction paper. We added ornament hangers and then he looked at me excitedly and said, “I have to write a note and have it stand up like this!”
The note was not a reiterated list of toys wanted, but actually a thank you note to Santa for coming to our home.
Watching my son finally understand the joy of giving at this tender age is a Simple Joy I shall never forget.
Making up with my hubby is a passionate Simple Joy.
The holidays are fast approaching. My innate need to people-please will dominate even though it’s not the healthiest trait. Still, I’m excited to see family, thrilled to be entertaining, and secretly delighted to see what Santa will bring me.
By trying to keep my immediate family as my focus, remembering to nourish myself, and keeping a realistic expectation for the time together, I hope to continue to identify and LIVE my Simple Joys.
Wishing you all a week filled with Simple Joys.