On the 12th Day of Self-Care Katie gave to me . . .
Twelve ways to have fun!
If you're looking for 12 activities to add to your holiday calendar, this isn't the post for you. I'm talking about fun, not making memories, not capturing the perfect moment, just fun. Do we even know what that is anymore?
Let me give you an example.
A few years ago a friend of mine told me a story about trying to create the perfect Christmas memory with her kids. Of course, she brought out the nativity set and planned to tell a captivating story about Jesus while the perfect Christmas cookies baked in the oven and the lights glistened on the Christmas tree.
The evening didn't go the way she planned. Instead, her kids weren't having it, a few pieces of the nativity set were missing, she forgot an ingredient for the cookies, and half the lights on the tree were out. It was a night where most of us would have thrown our hands in the air and given up, cried, and gone to bed angry. I think that was my friend's idea too, but her kids had other plans.
Somewhere in the box of Christmas stuff that my friend dragged out earlier in the day (and, like everything else that wasn't going right, the box had yet to be put up properly) was some Halloween stuff that somehow fell in the wrong holiday box. While my friend was trying to contain the cookie mess in her kitchen, she heard the kids laughing, playing, and making all sorts of strange noises. Her first thought was, "Oh great, now they are never going to go to bed," but when she came out she found them running around wearing Halloween masks and making ghoul sounds. My friend described feeling even more defeated, "I am the worst mother alive. Instead of my children hearing about Jesus, they are running around like heathens." At that point, she had a few options, but what she decided to do was remarkable. And fun. She chose to laugh, lean into the fun her kids were having, and leave the kitchen for another day. Her kids still talk about how much fun running around like ghouls and goblins was that Christmas. They may have missed the nativity story that night, but their mom showed them a lot about love (and was able to have great conversations about Jesus' love as a result).
I'm not advocating cutting out faith traditions or switching holidays, but what if holiday fun wasn't planned? What if it was more relaxed and less structured? What if it didn't include such high expectations?
Here are 12 ways to have more fun like that this month:
Now have fun! And continue self-care this season!