Monthly Challenge Update: Merry Christmas Everyone!

It's finally here! Merry Christmas everyone! After 25 days of anticipation, Christmas day has arrived. Presents are unwrapped, food is cooking away and the world is quiet as everyone spends the day with their loved ones. For me, that's probably the best part of Christmas day: the quiet. It makes me happy to know (almost) everyone is home and enjoying a day with their friends and family. We are done with the running around and the craziness; now we can just be happy and at peace.

So how did I do with my challenge to "Celebrate the Season"? First things first, I loved it! I am so glad I "forced" myself to do all the Christmas activities that I could find. I'm happy that I spent time doing the Christmas traditions I had felt too busy to do in recent years. While I didn't get a chance to go to the drive thru nativity (next year!), I felt like I got to do a lot of really fun things to get me in the Christmas spirit. Even though I didn't get a chance to write about it, my boyfriend and I made a gingerbread house from scratch. Then there was the holiday light show, putting up the Christmas tree, hanging my sparkly wreath and visiting all the Christmas trees in Philadelphia. There are still things I wanted to do but ran out of time. I still had to make time to shop for and wrap my presents of course!

The thing is, sometimes life goes by really fast. I think this happens especially during the holiday times. There are holiday parties and shopping for presents for everyone under the sun and so many different things that you want to see and do. You get bogged down by all the responsibilities that come with this time of year. But Christmas can be so magical if you slow down and appreciate it. Make time for things that are really important to you: traditions and events you know with make Christmas special and of course the loved ones in your life. Don't get bogged down or stressed out over things that you feel like you "need" to do. It's your holiday and remember it. It's your prerogative to celebrate the season however you like.

A quick note before I go celebrate: while you are with your own family, don't forget the men and women who serve in the military who cannot be home with their families this year. Think about sending a care package or card through to show your gratefulness to our servicemen and women.