Presents I Have Left to Buy:  Many 
Number of Pieces of Candy I Have Hijacked from Stockings: REDACTED  
Pairs of Jeans I Can Comfortably Fit Into:  Very Few

Since I was 18 years old, I have gone to my mother’s house for every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holiday with the exception of a couple when I was in law school and had to study for exams.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?

While my friends got married, had kids and began the complicated process of figuring out which sets of relatives they were going to visit for the holidays, my biggest decision was whether to trust US Air or Delta with my travel plans.  Not a bad gig, especially since my mom lives in sunny Florida.

But a big change is happening this Christmas. (After all, this is the year for big change in my life, right? Why not add on more?)

This will be the first Christmas I have ever hosted my family at my house for the holiday.

My mom, sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, dog…. The whole crew.

At my house.

For Christmas.

We are talking true adulting here people.

I was so excited as the plans were made that I never really stopped to consider the fact that I have never bothered to get a Christmas tree… or ornaments… or lights… or wreaths… or door mats… or decorations before.

Let’s just say I have spent a lot of time at Home Depot and every other store that carries Christmas merchandise in the last thirty days.

I have also spent a whole lot of time learning how to…
Put together a Christmas tree.
Untangle lights.
Replace broken bulbs so that said lights will work.
String garland on stairwells.

With each new task, I caught myself defaulting to my “I can’t do this” mode of thinking. But then I would stop and think about this past year…. About all the things I had told myself for so long that I could not do that I have been able to do after allowing myself the grace to fail a few times and the time to figure it out (and, when necessary, to watch a You Tube video on it!).

Yes- it’s true…. The confidence I have gained from running my business really has begun to spill over into my life outside of work.

News flash:   I can put together a Christmas tree, hang garland and replace broken bulbs with the best of them.

Who knew??

This holiday season, don’t forget to give yourself some grace, some time and of course, lots of candy.

Happy Holidays.

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