Thursday, December 9, 2010

Joy! Joy!

Well friends, it has already reached that point in the season where it seems as if there is so much going on that the true joy of Christmas is overlooked. I set out to scale back this year,but even so, it seems that each year the craziness hits.  I don't know about  you,  but I feel over booked, under-shopped and stressing over presents for everyone, just generally overwhelmed... you get the picture!  As I was riding home last night after a rather grueling day at work, I thought to myself "It's going to be ok.  In just a little while you will be home with Jon and Seth and you will be fine."  I thank God for families who love us unconditionally!  I was so happy to be able to snuggle on the couch with Seth and read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!  I love making memories with him!  All the other things are just "stuff" and are not truly important. 

Tonight I tried to put the final touches on the tree.  I've been trying to explain to Jon that I wanted something in addition to the traditional bow that we have had for a few years.  I brought some green and fluffy "filler" home yesterday and his response was "seriously, you want to put that on a green tree?"  I ended up returning the items.  The ladies at this sweet store I love laughed at me because they said most men would just say "whatever you want, dear".  LOL  Mine has an opinion!  Today I bought an assortment and tried them all out. We ended up taking down the large bow with streamers...... hmmmm maybe I will need new ornaments to fill in now......I haven't chosen my yearly Radko.....Just a thought.  Woo Hoo! More shopping!  

How do you stay calm during the hectic holiday times?
I am going to wake up tomorrow with a renewed sense of peace about the season.  I truly want to focus on what is most important.  A sign in one of the small communities I drive through had the words "Wise Men Still Seek Him".  That is how I want to live my life.  Seeking Him! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Come back soon for more Christmas decorations and inspirations.  

Jon is not too sure about the new tree topper~

This looks like my Cavalier, Bentley.  So precious!

The traditional tree last year.

The "silver" tree last year.  I felt the need to simplify so I didn't put it up this year.

Another view of the new topper.  Will try to get a better shot when the lighting is better.


  1. I so enjoy reading your blog! Let's just say you are not alone in feeling overwhelmed! I have found myself cheering for Luther Krank to actually sail away on that cruise and "skip" Christmas in that Tim Allen movie!! LOL We have been downsizing over the years as well. We don't swap presents with my side of the family (too big), but I find I look forward to the gathering much more when I don't worry about if someone is going to like their present or not!
    I have tried to convince my mom NOT to buy presents, just spend time at each of our houses. I even suggested she write a personal card to each of us and her grandchildren....she won't listen :)
    We haven't decorated our porch this year...(the Griswolds live across the street, so my pretty wreath isn't cutting it!) but I'm going to resist the urge and just consider each of my children & husband while filling a stocking or wrapping a present...
    A Christmas movie each day we are all home, hot chocolate, fresh baked cookies....that's the good stuff! I think I got carried away and really wanted to say...

  2. Gorgeous trees last year and the new topper is awesome. Thanks so much for stopping by. I look forward to seeing more of your home. I always stress at the holidays and usually for no reason.

  3. I told myself it's January, I'm not looking at anymore Christmas decorating posts, but I had too, that tree top is beautiful!



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