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I’m a recovering perfectionist. Which is to say, I strive for happy perfection always but at least now I recognize the fault in it, and the impossibility of actual, true perfection. In fact, I’d say I’m doing a pretty good job letting go and letting things happen naturally these days. It doesn’t mean I don’t still want things to be ‘picture perfect’, but the older I get the more I realize how genuinely mistaken it is to try and make things ‘just right’ when ‘getting it done’ is almost always better.
The holidays bring out the O.C.D. in people like me, people who’d like family functions to have a closely followed itinerary and no snags in the plan. But the more family holidays I enjoy, the more I realize just how great imperfect plans are, and how much more joy they allow for than a ‘canned’ experience.
A couple of years ago our little family packed up and spent Christmas with a friend in Spokane, Washington instead of our usual routine at home. We took a handful of gifts and our individual empty stockings and not much else; we just ‘winged’ it. Can you imagine just ‘winging’ the holidays? I couldn’t. Most days any Christmas break for our little family are usually outlined with specific traditions and holiday photo opps to make good, strong, happy family memories. And I threw it all out the window so we could hang out with an old college friend who wasn’t going home for the holidays.
You probably know the ending to this story: the unplanned moments and family time outside a plan were far better than anything I could’ve planned. We stopped at a great, totally unexpected hotel halfway through the drive from Utah to Washington and made funny family memories at weird gas stations and rest stops along the road trip. We went ice skating in Spokane on a frozen lake at sunset. We drove through the town and sang along to the radio with hot chocolate in our hands. We watched movies in the middle of the day and taught each other how to knit at night. We ate great food and visited small local bookstores and gave each other small but meaningful gifts. And the best part of it all really was that we were all together doing basic, stuff. Together. It was one of our more favorite Christmas holidays, throwing out all the expectations and having fun off the books.
We need to do it more often.
I’m excited to see the new holiday movie opening this weekend, Love The Coopers, which is about a normal, crazy family like mine who figure out just what I did over Christmas a few years ago: being together is the whole happy point of it all, no matter what else happens. And to celebrate Love The Coopers
I’m giving away a $150 gas gift card to help you get home for the holidays!
What. WHAT? I’m serious. If you need a little extra scratch to get home to your family, I’ve got your back!
Enter the Love The Coopers Gas Gift Card Giveaway:
- Leave a comment telling me where you’re heading for the holidays.
- One entry per household, enter now through Monday November 16th.
- Make sure to leave an email address so we can contact the winner.
- GOOD LUCK! And Happy Holidays.