Dec 2, 2013
Here we are-the last month of the year. You are one of the busiest, most stressful times of the year and sometimes December, you get a bad rap. I know, I know, you didn't choose to host Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year's Eve. I know you didn't intend to have your days and weekends filled up with shopping, errand running, or holiday parties. It's a lot to take on, I know.
You see, the thing is December, I think sometimes we take advantage of you. Since you mark the end of the year, a lot of us go into overdrive and think we have to cram every single thing that we need to do before the new year gets here.
We find ourselves saying things like:
"Oh man, I haven't reached my goal for all the books I wanted to read this year."
"Well, another year, and I still haven't lost that weight."
"We're still in debt..."
And lastly, and most commonly....
"Oh my! Where did this year go?!"
December, just because we crab about you and we stay constantly busy, doesn't mean we don't care about you. Nooo, see, we love you. We enjoy this time with our friends and families. We love the holiday's you bring. We love watching kids get all excited on Christmas Eve about the Santa Tracker and then, the next morning, when he has arrived and the walk out to the tree and see, yes! He came! Santa came and this is the BEST DAY EVER! Oh man, he ate the cookies! Oh look-are those his footprints by the fireplace!?
So, you see December, it's all good. We welcome you with open arms despite the fact that you are so chocked full of things to do and people to see, but we get moments. We got small moments that remind us of why you are the last month of the year. You send us out with a bang! We start the new year so full of love and joy and happiness and you did that, December! You give us full hearts to start a new year with.
Thank you, December. I don't know if anyone has ever said that to you, but thank you now. Thank you for allowing me to have time with my family and my friends. Thank you for allowing me to have moments with my child that remind me of what it is like to be a child when I desperately need it the most. Thank you for filling my heart so full that I can't help but be optimistic about the next year.
Thank you, December, and may your heart be full now, too.