I put up my Christmas tree already. In all honesty, I’ve been putting my tree up earlier and earlier over the past few years. My house is already more than halfway decorated; and Amazon has recently made a few stops with presents that will go under our tree for Christmas morning.
I put up my Christmas tree already because the next month and a half will be the busiest time of the year for me as a mom. I am the magic maker and that requires planning, time, and energy. Traditions will unfold. Remnants of Christmas crafts will fill the house, Christmas movies will be playing on the TV, and hot chocolate will be ever flowing.
I put up my Christmas tree already because these years as a mom of littles are fleeting. My boys won’t believe in Santa and magic forever. Eventually the world will corrupt their innocence, and I’ll be left trying to hold onto the fragments of their broken hearts and imaginations.
I put up my Christmas tree already because I want to enjoy these magical moments while I can. I want to stretch them out and etch them into my memory. I want my boys to breathe in this season and not have to rush through.
I put up my Christmas tree already because the way my boys’ eyes light up when those colorful tree lights switch on is nothing short of intoxicating. Their excitement of finding every ornament that they made or received is what this time of the year is all about. Their joy is pure and exactly why the magic exists.
I put up my Christmas tree already because this season is about the little things that mean so much more. It’s about giving, loving, and being selfless. My tree being up earlier gives me the peace of mind to breathe a sigh of relief. I can enjoy the moments that this season brings. I can have less anxiety about one more thing to do in a short period of time.
I put up my Christmas tree already because it makes me happy. Putting up the tree is one item on my list checked off. I feel accomplished having my tree up this early. That feeling allows me to be kinder to myself. It allows grace to shine through when I may have chosen guilt.
I put up my Christmas tree already because it’s so much more than a tree. It’s a symbol of accomplishment and of joy. It’s a symbol of this season. It’s a symbol of time slipping through our fingers like quicksand.
I put up my Christmas tree already; and if you want to… then you should too.