Staring down the Holidays

Now that Halloween has passed, and November is here, we're officially in the throws of the holiday season. I love this time of the year for its crisp evenings spent in front of fireplaces, mugs of hot cocoa, days spent baking turkey/pies/cookies, peppermint flavored tea, Christmas carols on the radio, and so many other reasons, but mostly I love it for the simple reason that it causes us to slow down and cherish time with family. 

Lauren Jolly Photography

Lauren Jolly Photography

Every year, we face the same struggle. Wedding planning is a long process. Design projects have hard deadlines. And business still has to be cultivated and prioritized. As much as we want to focus on quality time with family and friends, it's so hard to carve out time to do just that. Anybody else feel that way? But here's the thing: there's nothing that matters more. 

This year I'm feeling more compelled than ever to make these next couple months special for my little family. My daughter is only 18 months old right now, so she definitely doesn't understand Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or anything else about the fall and winter holidays. Still,  I know she'll love extra time with Mama, playing with her aunts/uncles and grandparents, oohing and ahhing at twinkle lights, and learning Christmas carols. I can never get this time back, so I want to make it count. 

What do you love most about the holiday season? What do you do to carve out time for family? Got any helpful advice for a mama of an 18 month old about how to make this extra special for her? I'm all ears... share away!