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Awe and wonder.
That is exactly what I felt looking into the cutest, innocent, most precious eyes of baby Harris.
I’m a proud Auntie once again!
My Dad and I flew out to Calgary as soon as we caught word things were happening with my sister, landing an hour after the newest member of our family arrived into the world.
And he is simply perfect.
There is just something about holding and cuddling with a newborn baby…
The innocence. The softness. The scent.
I know babies are born every second in every corner in every part of the world, but that doesn’t take away from the miracle that is in each and every birth.
It is indeed magical and a miracle.
And it got me thinking; that is exactly what this time of year is all about.
So regardless of what you believe, what you celebrate (or not) I hope you take a moment or two to experience the magic and the miracle of the holiday season.
Amongst the shopping, the wrapping, the cooking, the baking;
the entertaining, the decorating and the holiday pie making…
May you experience a moment of awe and wonder.
In fact, may you experience many special moments.
Adopting from a previous blog I shared around this time of year, instead of 12 days of Christmas, I wish you 12 moments of Christmas:
May you enjoy a moment of joy.
Real joy… when your heart is smiling. When time stops.
May you enjoy a moment of laughter.
Catch yourself next time mid-laughter. Milk it. Indulge in it. Laugh until your cheeks hurt.
May you enjoy a moment of gratitude.
There is always something to be thankful for. Choose one thing you are especially grateful for. Inhale it in.
May you enjoy a moment of connection.
Allow yourself to be fully in somebody’s presence. Engage. Really see them, and let them see you.
May you enjoy a moment of peace.
Perhaps in silence, perhaps amidst the noise. Take a breath, and be still. If only for a moment.
May you enjoy a moment of love.
Maybe in giving, maybe in receiving. Experience a moment where love exists. Allow it to make your heart sing.
May you enjoy a moment of fun.
Whether planned, or unplanned, ensure you bask in a moment of full-on fun. I dare you. (perhaps you’ll need to borrow your friends’ or sisters’ kids like I did! Nothing is more fun than playtime with Auntie Carol!)
May you enjoy a moment of reflection.
‘Tis also the time of year to look back on all that has transpired over this past year (or even this past week!) and look forward to all there is to come.
May you enjoy a moment of excitement.
Whether experiencing the season through the eyes of a curious child, or putting yourself back there (I still kick my legs under my sheets every Christmas morning in sheer excitement! You’re never too old!), invite yourself to feel what it’s like to get truly excited.
May you enjoy a moment of giving.
It doesn’t have to be all about gifts at this time of year. You can give with your heart through your time, your words, your thoughtful acts, your presence.
May you enjoy a moment of presence.
Amidst all that’s going on, take a moment to just be. Notice the world around you, notice your feet planted firmly on the ground, notice your heart pumping.
May you enjoy a moment of awe and wonder.
There really is so much to be in awe and wonder of at this time of year. Whether looking into the eyes of a newborn baby, watching the lights sparkle, or watching the world go by, take a moment to notice and appreciate just how wonderful a feeling awe and wonder is.
No need to force any moments… I only encourage you to be open to invite some moments in, and indulge in how they make you feel.
Nothing to do, simply to be this holiday season.
‘Tis the season for… moments. May you experience lots of special moments, enjoy lots of special moments, make the season count.
(And then please share some of these moments in the comments below! I want to share in them with you.)
Wishing you and yours an awe and wonder-filled season!