Several weeks ago Kelly from Cobwebs, Cupcakes, and Crayons asked if I would partake in a hop she puts together each month called Collectively Creative. When she told me that the topic was Joy, I thought and thought and thought about what to write about. I think that I might have missed the boat as my post isn't a creative craft or idea for around the house--rather I took the theme of Joy as something we find in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the season.
The Discovery of Joy During the Holidays
Elle will be 20 months on Christmas day so this technically isn’t her first holiday season but in many ways it feels like it is. The sounds are new, the sights are new, the tastes are new—everything is new and exciting for her. Last year she was 8 months and just didn't quite get it...
As an adult who has been through the holiday season over 30 times already, I sometimes feel bogged down in the heaviness of the errands and shopping and general madness. I forget to stop and enjoy the delights all around me. Having a toddler in the house has helped me open up my own eyes as I am constantly showing her the wonders all around. WHOA a snowflake! WHOA a cookie! WHOA the Christmas lights! I know, right? It's SO EXCITING!! (You can hear me saying this, huh?)
The joy of discovery is one of my favorite parts of being a parent. I being to see things differently because I am introducing them to a new set of eyes. Think about if you've ever had someone come and visit your hometown and you play tour guide. You see all sorts of things that you probably hadn't paid attention to before. It's amazing the little details we miss when we aren't really looking.
Everything seems to have new meaning when you are introducing it to a new set of eyes. Or ears. Silent Night and Away in a Manger make wonderful lullabies when I am rocking Elle before bed. And you know what? Singing those hymns has made me think and hear about the words I am singing outloud.
And sure, discovery can also be exhausting--there is a lot of "be gentle" and "don't touch that" uttered at our house (I won't mention the bag of flour that got dropped in the pantry yesterday while we were making dinner...), but the gasps and squeals of delight are worth every bit of it.
Even if you don't have young kids or even if you aren't a parent. Even if you don't think that you have time or are feeling rushed...
I urge you to take a few minutes today and stop and look around.
Look the Salvation Army guy in the eyes as you walk into the store (he doesn't care if you don't give him any money...) and feel the JOY when he says Merry Christmas back to you with a smile.
Look at the lights and squint and see them shine in all their glory.
Listen to your favorite Christmas song and savor a cuppa tea or cocoa.
Take it in. Take it in like you are discovering all of the sights and the sounds and smells like you have never experienced them before. Let the worry and the stress go for five minutes and let your heart fill with JOY.
I know the first picture and the last picture are blurry--that's what happens when you refuse a flash in low-light. But you can see the joy can't you?
So--I apologize for not having a craft to share with you--but I sincerely hope that you will discover some joy in your day today.
I'm honored that Kelly included me amongst such wonderful and crafty bloggers. Please check out their posts on Joy today:
Framing Christmas PJs - (Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons)
J-O-Y to the World - (Pillows A-La-Mode)
How To Display Christmas Cards - (Organized Living Essentials)
Adding Joy to Every Room - (Neaten Your Nest)
DIY Gift Bows (Upcycled Toilet Paper Rolls) - (Inspire and Indulge)
How to trim a Christmas tree: ornaments, Lego trains and whipped cream - (The Thing About Joan)
Joy Advent Calendar (And Giveaway!) - (Cul de Sac)
Joy To The Cookies: Having an Annual Holiday Cookie Baking Party - (Green Door Hospitality)
The Spirit Of Christmas - (A Ponytail Kind Of Day)
DIY Themed Mini Christmas Trees (This One's for My Husband!) - (Mrs. And The Misc.)
Wrapped In Christmas Lights (Happy Little Kiwi)
Sharing Joy - (Gentle Stitches)
How do you find joy or what brings you joy during the holiday season?