Christmas is not a ” MUST” but an ” US”

Dear Reader:

I have begun to think that when I had my mishap Sunday Night ( Alright, alright… my sprawling embarrassing mis-step) time sped up … because I have lost it ( time, that it!)

Did the naughty elves ( sneakily take about a week of time away?) Last week I was confident, large, and in charge. And then on the ( 13th) the radio station declared we had entered the famous ” Twelve Days of Christmas ” with a partridge in a pear tree. ” No! It couldn’t be! My ” must ” list had not begun to be crossed out! Help!

Give me just one more extra week, partridge, before you climb in that tree.

Two turtle doves flew away while I was attending Rutledge’s Fourth grade Nutcracker Christmas program and hanging out with Ben at the neurologist’s office in Mt Pleasant yesterday and now with three French hens today.

Have y’all met Emily in Paris?

But finally last evening …after some much needed rest… I realized that I might be delinquent in my ” must” list but there was an easy solution… get rid of the ” must ” list-tear it up into tiny pieces…and keep doing what I am doing… put the emphasis on being with ” US.” The people I love… that is all that matters! Showing up for them!

In one Christmas devotional I remember reading , it observed ” Use your magical mixer for more than making Christmas cookies… mix this world with the next… a baby born in a manger re-set time for all of us forever.”

So until tomorrow… Choose to let only what you love best about Christmas remain on the ” must” list and improvise… perfection is so boring!

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

March on …like time… ready for you!!! Merry Christmas Drummer Boy! Bring it on!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to Christmas is not a ” MUST” but an ” US”

  1. Lisa Register says:

    Wonderful advice 🙂

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