Merry Christmas from our nerd family to yours ❤
This year, I’d like to express what Christmas means to me. There’s two major sentiments my mind has aligned itself with…. the joy of giving and setting (and sometimes failing at) family traditions.
1. The joy of giving
Growing up, my grandparents instilled what it meant to give without expecting a return. I lived with them in the Philippines and had very little. And yet, I never felt “poor.” They worked hard and gave selflessly to their family. Their way of giving was the difference between someone who had $100 and would give you $10 and someone who had $5 and gave you all they had. They’re the ones with the $5 bill. Although $10 seem more, it’s less in value (or at least the one that matters to me).
It’s not about the surface value of things. It’s more about the thoughtful meaning that went into the gifting process.
2. Setting family traditions (and sometimes failing at it)
– As a mom and wife, I try to find new traditions for my family. My ideas don’t always stick. When they do stick, I find that it’s not like I envision it happening. For example, having the kids pick the ornament colors each year is A LOT OF WORK! Having them hang the ornaments IS CHAOTIC. Making sure the tree doesn’t topple over? CHALLENGING. But, that’s what makes for great memories and stories worth laughing about in the future (I hope). Either way, we tend to place high expectations on ideas we have and find that it often doesn’t work out exactly like we imagined it. I’ve learned to breathe, and let (some) of it go their natural order…..
“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” -Dr. Seuss