Monday, December 21, 2009

Countdown

This is going to be a busy week. Last minute gifts to wrap, baking more cookies, it goes on and on. There is so much to do, yet so much to be grateful for. Years ago, I was more of a perfectionist around the holidays. I wanted everything to be just so, probably because we had young children and I wanted all their wishes to come true. What they ended up with was a mother who was stressed out at times.

Then I read a wise quote in a book. I don't remember which book or who the author was, but the advice stuck with me all these years. It was - the best gift you can give your loved ones for the holidays is a cheerful attitude. Now there's more time for the little things and more time for talking and laughter. I've also set aside some time for painting (makes me happy).

I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Blessed New Year!


11 comments:

willow said...

Your tree is beautiful, Janelle. And I love the snowy scene outside the window, too. You're so right about the cheery spirit. If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy, right?

Warmest Christmas wishes to you and yours! ~xx

Marion said...

What a beautiful tree you have! I love what you said about attitude. That is so true. Your painting corner looks so inviting and cozy. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and loved ones. Blessings!

Maggie Latham said...

Janelle, Have a lovely Christmas! Your tree is beautiful, and just amazing with the snowy scene! I have been grumpy all day doing housework and preparing for guests....so your words are very apt right now. Thank you for making me remember what this time of year is really about.
Maggie

Betsy said...

Aaah...what a lovely quote..and so true! I'm sooo laid back this year that I'm starting to worry that I've forgotten something important! haha.

rahina q.h. said...

thank you for the message, it is worth keeping in mind...wishing you all the best Janelle. r

Pam Holnback said...

I share your feelings and thoughts. I, too, do much less around the house than I used to. I, too, find some time to paint. I think I am calmer and happier. Merry Christmas to you!

Susan Hammer Burns said...

Merry Christmas, Janelle! Three great trees in your post: in your living room, on your easel, and look at that tree silhouette outside in the snow! What a presence.

I, too love the cheerful attitude part - so lifting.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

You are right, the holiday times are about getting together and enjoying these moments. They are all precious times that we won't get back. Your tree is beautiful.
Have a wonderful Christmas 2009 and Happy painting for 2010!

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Dear Janelle, thank you for visiting and commenting on my work. It’s lovely to hear something from you. You’re very kind and a terrific artist. Have a wonderful Christmas Janelle…. may 2010 bring blessings in your way!....and I agree with them..your Christmas tree is wonderful! :-)

Kathleen Krucoff said...

What wonderful advice. Thank you Janelle. Your tree is lovely. It's so good to have had a chance to get to know you a little better this year. May you have a wonderful Christmas and an awesome New Year.
~Kathleen

Art with Liz said...

It looks cold and snowy outside there Janelle, so keep warm next to that wonderful tree and have a great Festive Season.