Christmas was beautiful here, how about yours?
This year I made a real effort to not get caught up in all the things that make mothers a little crazy around holiday time. As Advent began I felt a little stressed with my shop and all that comes with a busy holiday season. So my theme this year became, "relax". Which may be why I'm just getting around to posting pictures.
I didn't do much of the usual stuff. We did meaningful things like focusing on Advent, our star ladder, a peaceful bedtime routine and reading special Christmas books. We went to a fun cookie decorating party. We made one batch of cookies ourselves, frosting them all white. Husband and I made a ham dinner for Christmas and a sunshine cheesecake. Christmas shopping was done almost completely online and I tried to keep it fairly simple. I closed my shop a week before Christmas and worked on crafting for us. It was nice and I took time to enjoy it.
My Mom and I always seem to be on the same wave length. This year her Christmas card said, "Believe" on the cover and inside she wrote in part "The gift of Christmas was never meant to be stressing over packages, decorations or cookies...". Yes, yes, yes! I hope to continue to simplify our Christmas celebrations through out the years and pass on a spirit of peacefulness at Christmas time. Because a stressed out Mama never helped anyone! Some goals for the future are to simplify our gift giving even more and get the kids more involved in giving.
The one thing I always seem to stress over is the mess after the fact. The Christmas decor seems like too much almost immediately after Christmas and I fight the urge to tear it all down and throw the Christmas tree out the door. Ha, ha, always room for improvement.
How were your holidays?