Christmas has crept around yet again. It’s a time for celebration, cookies, giving gifts and watching cheesy Hallmark movies.
We’ve reached the point where the hustle and bustle of preparing for this long awaited day is starting to slow. The gifts that we’ve wrapped, the cookies we’ve baked and the decorations we’ve put up are all coming together.
Everywhere you go is truly merry and bright. There are so many magnificent sights to be seen.
While the bells and whistles of Christmas are lovely, my favorite part of the holidays is spending time with my family. We’re all business owners and have difficulty syncing our busy schedules throughout the year, so getting together at Christmas is a real treat.
One of my favorite family traditions is our Secret Santa gift exchange. We bring a gift and play Pictionary to determine who each gift goes to. It is fun because you never know who will choose you. The gift exchange definitely adds a little magic to Christmas day.
A Traveling Christmas
When your parents are divorced, Christmas celebrations become two. When you’re in a relationship with someone who also has divorced parents, the celebrations become four.
My fiancée and I spend very little time in our home around the holidays. Our family members are spread out two hours in each direction.
Christmas Eve typically calls for a celebration at my mom’s place and Christmas Day is spent with my fiancée’s mom. This year, the celebrations with our dads extend beyond the Christmas bubble that is December 24th-25th. We’ve made special arrangements since we will be going on a winter vacation of our own.
The day after Christmas, my fiancée and I are heading down to Kissimmee, Florida. We will be spending some time at Disney and Orlando’s other theme parks. I am particularly excited for Toy Story Land that opened in Hollywood Studios last year. I am positive that the theme parks will stretch the magic of Christmas just a little bit longer.
I am looking forward to spending time with my family this holiday season, even if it means driving hours getting from one celebration to another. The time with my loved ones is invaluable.
Your Presence is a Present
As an entrepreneur, the hustle is real. It can be hard to step away from work, even during the holidays and celebrations. The temptation to check that email or update that report is always there.
This year, I challenge you to give your loved ones the present of your presence. Put the phone on silent. Let your clients know that you’ll be out of the office. Just give your undivided attention to your family and friends and be completely present.
Work can wait, but the memories that you’ll make with your loved ones will last a lifetime. You definitely don’t want to miss out on that sacred time.
Merry Christmas to All
I would love to extend a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours. May your holiday season be warm, bright and filled with an abundance of blessings.
Take this season to reflect on all that you have and the relationships that you cherish.
Merry Christmas, everybody.