Oh, I wish I had a song to share with you this year, but this was a year of saying “no” to things that were too much. Our (almost) annual Christmas song for my blog was something that ended up on the no list. I was pleased with the fact that I was able to pick up my guitar and play last week to see if it was possible, but I was only able to play for short periods of time and my shoulder wasn’t happy with me afterward. In addition, the “Parsons Family Band” was unenthusiastic this year.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about or you want to watch past songs, you can find them here…
I actually sang one more song, but it was eaten by the Internet years ago.
It feels like I’ve had to say no to a lot of things this Christmas season… the song, putting up greens and lights on our porch (we have frozen, dead ferns flanking the door this year), putting up our tree in the dining room, and filling mini advent stockings each day of December. But there are a lot of good things that I am saying yes to this year…
Spending time with Jeff’s parents, who we haven’t seen since last Thanksgiving.
Going out to breakfast on Christmas Eve, followed by attending a church service.
Working on a puzzle and playing board games with the family.
Crocheting while we catch up and watch Christmas movies and funny cat videos.
Curling up with cats, listening to their soothing purrs.
Enjoying the warmer temps by taking Sebastian out on walks.
Reading & taking notes on anything that inspires.
Making & eating soup and bread.
Learning my mother-in-law’s thumbprint cookie recipe, since it’s Jeff’s favorite.
Wearing jammies whenever and wherever it’s socially acceptable to do so.
Reflecting on this year…the highs, the lows, what I’ve learned, and how I’ve grown.
Looking to next year with excitement for all the creative endeavors to chase, the ideas to bring to life, and the lessons to be learned along the way.
It’s hard to focus on the things that ended up on the no list when there are so many great yeses to enjoy.
I hope your Christmas is filled will all the right yeses and nos.