Christmas time to me brings so many feels. The older I get, the faster time seems to pass. How many times do Facebook memory reminders pop up, especially around the holidays, showing us our precious moments from years ago. The pictures capture a moment, but that may not tell the whole story.
I have started a tradition with my family that I would love to share with you. Every year, after Christmas and presents and all the merriment is over; when I am getting ready to lovingly pack away my tree and ornaments, the kids and I write letters to ourselves. I take the letter and put them in our stockings and pack them away for next year.
It is so much fun while unpacking our Christmas decorations to find our stocking time capsule. The kids started out only writing what they got for Christmas and keeping their letters very basic, but as the years have passed and they have gotten older, I encourage them to write about what they hope for the year ahead, one thing they are thankful for right now, and one thing they are worried about.
When we read our letters to ourselves we smile at our sweet memories from the year before. I take the letters and put them in a Christmas box I have. I will confess I do read all of the kids letters, even though they are just meant for ourselves. It is sweet to re-read their letters and see how their wishes and worries change.
So this year, as you are feeling a little blue packing up all of the lights and garland, get out some paper and a pen. Write about Christmas. Write about the year and what you’ve learned, and the ups and downs you went through. Write yourself a letter about your hopes the new year will bring. I promise you won’t regret taking the time to reflect, and your future self will be delighted to find the special note.
I wish the Merriest of Christmases to everyone. Make sure you enjoy each moment!