to be completely honest…

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I didn’t put up as many decorations this year as I have in years past.

And…while I think I liked the simplicity,

to be completely honest, the Holidays just about kicked my butt.

I wasn’t ready for December when it rolled around, and I just never caught up.

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Decorating the (partially) pre-lit tree took me almost a week to finish and I didn’t decorate

the mantel or the rest of the house until the 24th.

The thought of sharing pictures of the house all decked out for the Holidays went right out the door.

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I never even shared my family photo shoot pictures.  (Heck… I barely took pictures on Christmas Day.)

If it wasn’t for my wonderful husband, I might still be wrapping.

This Year… like many others, I took on too much.

My expectations were too high.  I couldn’t get my act together.

I just wasn’t feeling it.

I lost track of what was important.

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It wasn’t until Christmas Eve, while sitting in church, passing the lighted candle that it truly hit me.

(it almost felt like a Hallmark moment)

 

So…while everything wasn’t as perfect this year as I might have wanted it to be

or thought it should be.  It sure was Good!

Here’s to a New Day, a New Year and taking the time to be Thankful!

 

The Decorations are down… Now what?

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CHRISTMAS…

the time of the year when decorating in excess is completely acceptable.

It's the most Wonderful TIme of the Year

A time when every surface is thoughtfully decorated.

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I usually wait until the day the kids go back to school to take the decorations down.

What took a whole day to decorate, comes down in just one evening.  (it’s kind of sad)

The house is starting to look empty with that big old tree out of the corner.

Now What?

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Yesterday, we had our first significant snow of the season.

Everything is coated in a beautiful white.  A clean slate.

It made me think…

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the house can’t still look warm and cozy.

Why not leave out any winter decoration that doesn’t scream Christmas?

The red berry spray, the snowflake pillow, the snowmen, the lanterns.

It’s Winter….  it’s going to be around for the next several months.

So while we’re hibernating indoors this winter, let’s make it COZY.

Why not celebrate it.

I’ve decided…. the mini sleds are staying up on the mantel and I’m decorating

with a Winter theme.  (who’s with me?)