Wednesday, December 12, 2007

December/January President's Letter

Happy Holidays MOMS!

'Tis the season for merry wishes and happy homes, right? If you're anything like me, that's just not the case. The stress of the holiday season - money, shopping, guests, parties, and don't forget TWO WEEKS of no school - well, it gets to me every year. I always go into the season with the best intentions, telling myself I will bake cookies and make gingerbread men with my children, I will wake them up one night just to drive around and drink cocoa and in the warm car while looking at lights, I will keep my house clean and nice for unexpected visitors and get-togethers, I will make a budget and stick to it - while still finding the "perfect" gift for everyone on our ever-expanding list... all the things that in my imagination make for the perfect December. And every year I dissapoint myself and fail to live up to all those wonderful ideas. Instead, I stress out, I spend too much money and then feel guilty about it, my house is always a disaster, and I send the kids to play while I make all the cookies because I don't have the time it would take to let them "help".

So, this year I have decided to give up on all my expectations and just try to enjoy the season. If the house is a mess, so be it. If I don't find the perfect gift, thats ok! The most important part of this season is to share it with my kids, so that's my plan to get through it this year - I am going to live this month as if my only job is to mkae great memories for my kids. If I try to let go of all the unnecessary stress and commitments, then I will have all the time and patience to make those gingerbread men and to take them out to look at lights. And really - that's what's important, right? Right.

Thank goodness for MOMS Club - the next two months have some of the best activities of the year! I hope to see you all soon! Happy Holidays!

Jill - President

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