Saturday, December 1, 2012

This Holiday Season, What Are You Playing For?

As we quickly slip into this sweet month of December, the urgency of our lists, the busyness of our calendars and the roaring noise of our to-do's could so easily drown out what really matters. The reason I say "could" is because from the bottom of my heart, I believe that this time of year is meant to be thoroughly enjoyed and to completely enjoy the season-without the stress, we must go into this busy month intentionally.

I've been thinking about this Christmas and trying to form a clear picture of what really matters to me during this season. Some families greatest wish is to be able to see their loved ones, for relationships to be reconciled or maybe even for a sick family member to be healed. For me, what I want the most is for God to be glorified in our home during this Christmas Season, for our children's hearts to be softened to give, for the ties in our family to be strengthened and for me personally, to do what needs to be done with complete JOY.

I think back to my childhood and I try to remember what my Mom was like around this time of year. I remember that she was fun. She smiled and she sang Christmas songs, even to the point of embarrassing me in the grocery store. She baked cookies with us, handed us scarves for our snowmen and she let us be kids.

Our tree was chopped down from the woods behind our house and many of our ornaments were homemade and smelled like dried up play dough. The presents that my Mom wrapped for us were beautiful but, they were also simple and (I'm saying this with love)...they weren't magazine material.

I don't remember my Mom stressing out about having our home perfectly tidy and I know that when we baked cookies together, she let us decorate our's however we pleased. With crumbs on the floor, popcorn strung on the trees and imperfect homemade decorations everywhere, she was big on making memories and not big on stressing about things that have little significance.

Often I wish that I could simply snap my fingers and be that laid back Mom who doesn't care about the mess. As my family flips our calendar and greets December, I hope to strive for less perfection and for more special times. My sweet ones are 2 and 3. Now is the time to start the tradition of letting them be kids, letting them express themselves, be creative, learn to give and learn to graciously receive. As Mom's in December, we need to make sure that our children are seeing US smile. Their faces reflect ours and their hearts are guided by ours.

So, what do YOU really want during this Christmas Season? 
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It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of romantic comedy's. Seriously, it's embarrassing and you should probably feel sorry for my husband because that's basically all I like to watch. "Playing For Keeps" is the romantic comedy event of the holiday season featuring an all-star cast including Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid.

Playing For Keeps,” is about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an “adult” are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive “soccer moms” who pursue him at every turn. "Playing For Keeps" is directed by Gabriele Muccino, the director of "The Pursuit of Happiness."

Learn more about this movie by watching the movie trailer here

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Happy December! What do you really want this Christmas Season?
Angela

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