A few days ago, my husband sent me an email. The subject line said “Winter of Yes?”
I didn’t understand the subject until I opened it and found this image:
I’m positive my kids would love to go to this, but it would be a pain. It will be cold and dark and past their bedtimes, and we’ve been busy, and wouldn’t it be easier just to stay home?
Of course it would be easier. It’s always easier for me to say “no.” But last summer I changed my default setting to “yes,” and I was so happy with the results. (So were my kids.)
Christmas is a time for saying “yes.” I want to do special things. I want to make happy memories. I want to say yes.
My Winter of Yes
So, here goes nothing. I’m declaring it the Winter of Yes. Here’s my first go at brainstorming the things our family wants to do, the memories we want to make. A holiday bucket list, if you will:
1. Take a drive (or two) to gawk at the Christmas lights.
2. The holiday toy train exhibit at the botanical garden. They do this every year but we’ve never made the effort. This year we will!
3. See The Nutcracker at the ballet. This is becoming an annual tradition.
4. Family movie night. We’ll pop popcorn and watch a holiday movie. This isn’t something we do the rest of the year, which makes it extra special.
5. Bake Christmas cookies with the kids. We don’t bake together much (honestly, it stresses me out), but the kids really love to get messy in the kitchen and this is the time of year to do it.
6. Take a carriage ride. We wanted to do this when we were in Williamsburg last month, but it was going to cost our family of 6 more than $500 an hour! I made some calls when we got back home, and we can take a ride for a fraction of that here. It’s still not cheap but I think it will be worth it.
My Winter of Yes won’t look quite as exuberant as the summer’s did: winter lends itself to cozy evenings at home, and I won’t say yes to anything if I start thinking about flu season. But I plan on saying “yes” many times this season.
Making Memories, and Keeping Them
I also want to be a good memory keeper of all these memories we’re making. I’m resolving to have my camera ready and with me and to keep snap-snap-snapping away. (And then to actually print those photos so we can enjoy them!)
I’ve been thinking about ordering one of the fun newfangled Polaroids to help capture the memories. I have idealistic dreams of the kids and I snapping photos we can enjoy and give, but I’m not sure what reality would look like. (Quite possibly like a great big squabble-fest.) This is the cute little camera I’ve been eyeing.
Anybody have experience with one of these? I’d appreciate your thoughts in comments.
What are you saying “yes” to this season?