Dear Precious Girl,

We all have the best intentions to make things magical for everyone we love during special occasions.

We do all that we can and often we end up feeling like we fell short. We often get tired, irritable, and disappointed in ourselves and the way things turned out. We often look around at all of the amazing things that “everyone else” accomplishes . . . the perfectly magical experiences that they are able to pull off . . . and we just beat ourselves up over it.

What is the truth in all of this, beautiful friend? No matter what did or did not happen . . . here we are. We are HERE . . . now.

We have this chance to make the most of where we are now. We have this chance to be the best we can be right now. We have this chance to put on a smile, to see the good, to spread joy, to give ourselves a break, to give everyone else a break . . . to tell others that it’s ok if they didn’t get everything done they were wanting to get done.

We get to STOP, look around . . . and see that even though things might not be the magazine picture we wanted them to be, we can still make them into wonderful memories. We can still enjoy them. We can still let the people around us know that we love them. We can BE IN THE MEMORIES instead of trying to orchestrate them for everyone else.

We can do this, lovely you.

This season is about LOVE in action. We can always love no matter how many things got baked, delivered, or caroled. We can always love . . . and that is the best gift of all anyway.

Breathe deeply . . . let the expectations go. Enjoy.

You are so loved.