The first week of Advent is almost over and I'm still not ready for this season or Christmas. I'm in no mood. I don't feel like being in December. I don't feel like decorating a tree or singing Christmas songs. But feelings don't matter. Christmas is upon me. There's no getting out of this one.
Last Sunday when the girls saw the Advent Wreath at church, they could not wait to get our Christmas bins out. If it weren't for them, we may not even have our Advent wreath and nativity scene up yet! I'm glad that in the past I have actually spent time and energy on making this season special. It was easy to unpack the "Advent Bin" and I actually put the decorations in the same places as last year.
This is part of the beauty of traditions. It doesn't matter my mood or what's going on in my life, the repetition of tradition is soothing, familiar and easy. For the same reason, healthy habits are important. Every morning I take a shower, brush my teeth, brush my hair, etc. I don't have to remember to do it. Neither do I have to come up with a new plan every morning for my personal hygiene.
Maybe my New Year's Resolution this year will be to enforce healthy habits and happy traditions because I've been slacking lately with my kids. It seems healthy habits don't come naturally (at least to my children). It takes time, planning and implementation. Only then can we go into to auto habit mode.