What? You expected beautiful photo’s. And, children lined up in a row with matching outfits and halo’s around their heads? Christmas tree’s dripping with ornaments, and garland lining every surface?
I love those things. On other people’s kids. In other people’s homes.
Us? We have chosen to forgo the traditional stuff that goes along with the Christmas season and exchange it for time. Time with each other. Time for ourselves. Time to enjoy YOUR photo’s and outfits and garland.
I have made Christmas cookies. There are none left.
We have a tree up that we decorated in candy. It’s become quite bare already from “enjoying” Christmas. I expect to see bare branches come the 25th. (this picture shows it. and me. ignore me.)
And, a string of lights strung along the wall. With only half the string working.
We all know my children don’t wear matching anything. And halo’s around their necks??? You are funny people. But, they are happy kids with love and joy bursting from the seams. I will take them out and about every chance I get this season so they can spread their happy smiles and kind hearts. That means more to me right now than a pretty card. (not that those cards aren’t awesome! don’t stop sending them to me :))
The highlight of our Christmas decor this year is the Advent Wall. It will be the best decorated part of our home. And, we are happy looking at that wall when we need a Christmas decor fix.
What’s the point of this rant, you ask? Well…to encourage you. I just go about it strangely, sometimes. These truly are the only photo’s of my home with any sort of Christmas in them. A grand total of…2.
In the world of Pinterest (and you should follow me, just for the record!) and the internet we can feel like everyone’s homes look like a magazine. We can feel inadequate because we don’t know how to properly tie a ribbon. We can feel that buying your Christmas cookies instead of making them falls short of what is good and right with the world. It simply isn’t true.
Christmas isn’t about those things. It really isn’t. Those are just extra’s. Ways that some people express their joy and blessings. That some people might not be you. It surely isn’t me.
I will take time this year to make homemade gifts for family and friends closest to me and that will be the end of my “homemadeness”. I will make cookies and then promptly eat them. I will sit and cuddle my kids with hot cocoa and stare out the window at my neighbor’s beautiful lights and decorations. I will smile and enjoy the Christmas cards that come my way. But, I know that this year those things are not for us. This year we are resting and enjoying and letting others keep the hustle and bustle alive.