Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go: A Busy Mom’s Holiday Carol

Day number five of our Christmas countdown, and I’m already worn out. Mostly by the energy, enthusiasm, and preparation it takes to keep the attention of 120 pre-schoolers for daily Christmas program rehearsals at school, followed by kicking and jumping to the “Russian Dance” from The Nutcracker, jingle belling with 2-year-olds, and then playing referee between my own 2 kids. But Mary and Joseph will make it to Bethlehem next week (Mary on a stick horse and Jesus walking down the center aisle of the sanctuary.) The angels will pop out from behind the chancel shouting “Do not be afraid!” and “Good news!” to the shepherds. The wise men will make it to the manger with their gifts and jump for joy! (And this year I will be prepared for the pushes and shoves on stage if one of them  steals another’s blue tape spot.) The baby Jesus doll will be born (well, miraculously revealed from under the pillow), and laid in the manger. The children will sing at least most of the words to “Away in a Manger” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain“, and hopefully all stay awake this year. (We moved it to before lunch after a few of the 3-year-olds had to be carried sleepily off the stage last year.) If the children go home singing these songs, and if most of the grown-ups simultaneously giggle and shed a tear, then I’ve done my job!

Sadly, my own kids have kind of felt like an afterthought to my job lately, getting by with only the dregs of Mommy’s energy and patience at the end of the day. But I’ve still been trying to create special “Advent” moments for us. We saw the Moravian star raised in worship at church on Sunday and attended the “Advent Festival” Sunday evening, coming home with lots of home-made ornaments that Ellie has since been sleeping with.



IMAG9540 IMAG9543 IMAG9542 IMAG9538 IMAG9537 IMAG9535 IMAG9534Monday night we tried something new. I took the kids to the SMU tree lighting with my parents. A good tradition since in our family, we have a collective 28 degrees from this Dallas institution, including me, my brother, my parents, and grandparents.  The evening was not without crying over spilled milk (literally), rotating time-outs in the car, a meltdown over hot wax melting down on little fingers (ouch!), and battles over cell phone play. But, I did get this good picture that makes it look like a great evening! (I do think the kids had fun, and might even ask to go back.)



Yesterday was National Cookie Day, and though the goal was to make homemade cookies together, I managed to thrill them with Christmas cookies from the Albertson’s bakery. (As I’ve said before and will say again, I’m proud to be a “Good Enough” Mommy!) Clue #4 in their Advent calendars read, “Look under the tree in the room where we play, find a special snack for a special day!” We snuggled on the couch with milk and cookies, and read the little book about Angel Gabriel for Day #4 of our Story book/ Advent Calendar Set – something new we are enjoying this year. (Day #3 Treasure)


The plan for today? Simple – Get out the Christmas books for our living room book shelf for a Christmas “Story, Snack, and Snuggle” after school. Have you seen my  Christmas book list for kids?

The other day in my physical therapy session as I did exercises to strengthen my left hip and glut, my therapist asked if I was counting…I wasn’t. I was writing a song in my head while I did my leg lifts and bridges. Inspired by the little stresses of daily parenting and teaching and LIFE, this little Christmas Carol mantra came to me, “Let it go, let it go, let it go!” (Instead of snow, of course.) So Michael James wants to wrap up lots of random household items as “gifts” to put under the tree? Let it go! Ellie puts a twin sister Jesse into the Nativity story with Jesus? Let it go! We eat PBJ’s three days in a row because Mommy hasn’t made it to the store? Let it go! Michael James insists that I sing “no room for a bed” instead of “no crib for a bed” as I’m singing him a Christmas lullaby. Ahem, who is the expert here? Never mind, let it go! Half of the lights on our Christmas tree are not working…oh well, let it go! Sing along with me throughout the season! Let it be a reminder to us to keep things simple for the sake of love and fun, to give ourselves a break, remembering that things don’t have to be perfect to be meaningful….

A Mother’s Christmas Carol: “Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go”

Oh, the traffic outside is frightful, and my children aren’t delightful.

And the laundry might overflow,

Let it go, let it go, let it go!

Oh, the whining is never stopping, but the list is long for shopping,

Stress is high, but energy’s low,

Let it go, let it go, let it go!


When we’ve finally kissed goodnight, how I’ll hate looking back at our day

and recall all the fuss and fight so the picture’d turn out the right way.



Though the children may both be crying, but the years are quickly flying,

So remember as children grow,

Little things, let them go, let them go!


When we’ve finally kissed goodnight, all that matters is love that we shared,

and the memories we hold tight, and the moments that we chose to care.

Though the pressures may seem undying, and your nerves are slowly frying, 

Just remember to let love show, 

Let it go, let it go, let it go!

Little things, let them go, let them go!



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