I am so excited about Christmas this year - in part because I've put together a 4-part plan for a fabulosio holiday season! I may also be kinda sorta compensating for last year which was a little pathetic amidst our renovation projects. Anyway, I love a good plan and thought I would share it with you, along with some pictures of our holiday decorating! Which is done! <insert happy dance here >
|Same wreath as always, but this year I added the burlap bow and wired on the little wooden sled we've had for a while.|
|On our mantel, I used the same Santa, Merry Christmas wooden blocks and Holy Family that I got from Hobby Lobby ~5 years ago - plus, I added Frasier Fir clippings for their fragrance. Our monogrammed stockings came from Lands End -- same ones my mom bought our family in the 90s. Love a classic!)|
|Instagram of Freddie this morning.|
#1 - I will not let shopping take over this holiday. I'll make a list, check it twice, and stick to it! Goal: Get all shopping done in 2 days or less. Also, my kids have not asked for one thing that is electronic!!!!! Whuuuuut? Joy has filled my heart. (Oh please let this mean they have finally hit saturation! Unlikely.)
Goal: Relax the week before Christmas. I will finish our to-do's so we can do fun things on the fly like see a movie, bake cookies, go ice skating or whatever.
|Bryan must have drawn the short straw because this is the worst job!|
|Please note that I spraypainted this "peace" ornament gold because the original bronze color always disappeared against the tree. I had to add the spraypaint comment for my brother Steve who rolls his eyes at all my spraypainting!|
#3 - I will keep our plans simple. I am co-hosting a brunch with some friends and then Bryan and I are hosting our Sunday School class party again. Goal: Relish time with friends and family. The trick is following my formula for parties and not over-committing.
|The tree fell over and we had to completely rework it on Monday. My neighbor Sharon ran over to help me get it upright and Leah grabbed some twine to secure it to the window. Fingers crossed!|
|This just cracks me up.|
#4 - I will focus on the reason for the season. Goal: Spend more time worshiping than shopping. As I watched an older gentleman push his partner's wheelchair to the front row on Sunday, I felt humbled to be part of such a loving congregation and wanted that for them, too. Our minister's sermon series this month on Hope, Joy, Peace and Love is so very real when I consider all the people who long for it and come looking for it at Christmas.
|We bought this Nativity set by Fisher Price 5 years ago and love it!|
Thank you to my awesome helpers!
Michael and Leah worked so hard - for hours - to get the house decorated on Sunday! Very proud of them!