I have been thinking of this week end as the calm before the holiday storm begins. Even with all my planning and lists and trying to keep social outings to a minimum things will get hectic. Tis the season after all.
Having embraced my introvertedness I realized I wanted to do something to carve out a little pocket of quiet time each day. A few moments to breath and sit in peaceful solitude are essential to my happiness. And to ensure this happens I devised a project.
Each day I will sit down and color one picture for my son. A Christmas countdown. Starting on December 1st he will get a picture colored by me counting down the days to Christmas. He might get it in his lunch or find it in the bathroom when he gets up or in his room after school. I selected 24 pictures from a couple of old holiday coloring books we have. Some will be easy to color, others may take a bit more time. I’ll add the date and remaining number of days until Christmas.
I have to confess I have already colored a few. For all my good intentions I know there will be some days when activities and travel won’t permit me to sit down and color. But they will be the minority. And riding the Polar Express? Totally worth missing a day of coloring!
I find this project very soothing and akin to meditation. I don’t find it a chore, one more thing on my to do list but rather a chance to pause my day. I find my mind slows down and empties out. My focus is on what shade of green to use, or finding what colors I can use besides red and green. Afterwards I am relaxed and recharged, ready to tackle the next item on my to-do list.
Take time to enjoy the peace of this holiday season. Remember, it is a whole season, not just one day.