Why we all should Channel our Inner Toddler

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Christmas is supposed to be a magical time of year. But too often, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle and the holiday season quickly transforms from a joyful time connecting with family and friends to a time of heightened stress and rampant consumerism. (Read a full Holiday Stress Report here!)

Last night, I was feeling some of this hustle and bustle stress as I was planning meals, finishing Christmas shopping, prepping the house for guests, etc. And in the midst of my “bustling”, I glanced over at my toddler who was shamelessly head boppin’ to Christmas music and pulling all my pots and pans out of the kitchen cupboards. My normal response in a situation like that would be to get frustrated, move her to another room, and/or snarkily ask my husband for help (who, mind you, was head boppin’ and causing turmoil elsewhere in the room). But instead, I stopped myself.

I stopped myself because it occurred to me just how cute she looked and how much FUN she was having. And in that moment, rather than getting caught up in everything I had to “get done”, I decided to join her… and for the next several minutes, we head bopped, rearranged kitchen cabinets, made messes, and laughed. A lot.


After she went to bed and I finally got around to cleaning up the messes we made, I found myself wondering what the Christmas season would be like if we could all channel our inner toddler. It sounds kind of weird, but this Christmas, I plan to try it. And I’d like to challenge you to do the same.

  1. Be Present– A toddler isn’t always planning for the next thing, worrying what people think, comparing themselves to others, or whatever else we find ourselves stressing out about around this time of year. They are present, in the moment, enjoying time with family and friends, playing with their toys, laughing when they think something is funny, going to sleep when they’re tired (usually). They wear their emotions on their sleeve, and while I’m not suggesting we all have a meltdown when someone takes our toys away, I am suggesting being 100% in the moment would help us realize that a lot of the things we stress out about really don’t matter anyway. Christmas day will come and go, and those of us who worried too much about prepping to make it perfect will find ourselves a little depressed when it’s all over and wondering how we missed the joy. Well, we miss it when we plan more than we live. So this Christmas, don’t over plan it. Enjoy it. Live it. Be present.
  2. Play– Be silly. Enjoy the gifts you’re given and give. Enjoy the quality time with friends and family. Laugh. These are all things toddlers do without thinking. But as adults, we often can’t let go of our plans and preparations to just relax and have fun. This Christmas, make a point to play with your family, whatever that means for you. I promise the memories made will be worth it.
  3. Snuggle– Toddlers have this down to a T. And this Christmas week, I’m going to take a little inspiration from them. So when the days start to wind down and we toss on our favorite Christmas movies, I’m going to get all the family cuddles. Because in the big scheme of things… there really isn’t anything more important than being close to the ones you love.

Alright friends, that’s a wrap. Have a Merry, Merry Christmas week! Enjoy some more fun photos below. Outfit details are at the very end! 🙂 Till next time…

xoxo

Abby

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

Why Christmas would be better if we could all channel our inner toddler.

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What a wonderful reminder! All your photos make me smile. Have a very merry Christmas!.

Abby, this is such a great post! You’re so right… it can all become too much, especially when we’re trying so hard to be organized and get everything done. We have to remember to stop and enjoy the little moments before they’re gone! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and new year!

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