Raise your hand if you feel like Thanksgiving just slammed smack into Christmas. Now, picture me over here raising my hand (way up high!) right along with you!
If I’m honest, it kind of has my head spinning just a bit. So, I say we all try something together.
Let’s pause for a moment…take a deep breath…go ahead…breathe in…hold it for a few seconds…now slowly exhale and let your shoulders relax as you let it out.
That felt good, didn’t it? I find myself doing this a lot in the month of December. Not only is it busy because of all of the normal Christmas activities but, for our family, it’s also basketball season and that means lots of driving and juggling schedules to get everyone where they need to go when they need to be there.
Which is why, when it came to decorating my home for Christmas, I was determined to spend as little time as possible decorating the various spaces.
Two words keep emerging for me as I putter around here and there adding touches of holiday cheer.
Simple and Lovely
Those words have become like a mantra for me.
Simple, because life is complicated enough without adding stressful seasonal decorating into the mix.
Can I get an Amen?
And lovely, because…well…there is just something about that word that so perfectly captures the feeling I’m going for in my home.
Not over the top, not extravagant, not something that looks like it belongs in a store catalog.
Just soft and welcoming and simple and…deep breath in and out again…lovely.
Heading into this season, I could feel a shift in my approach to decking my halls and it dawned on me that this is the first year in a very long time that I have not had the added pressure of participating in a lot of organized blogging home tours. This was entirely intentional on my part, by the way, and not as a result of anyone trying to exclude me.
Frankly, I just needed a break. I needed to not worry about having everything decorated and photo-ready by December 1.
I needed to just be able to enjoy the process without wondering if my Christmas decor was going to be Pinterest worthy.
I’m considering it an early Christmas present to myself.
So, let me ask you a question. What can you do today, this week, this month to shift your approach to this season? Maybe it’s spending less time worrying about finding the perfect gift and more time being present with the ones you love.
Maybe it’s channeling your inner Mr. Rogers and watching for ways you can bring joy to your neighborhood.
Maybe it’s even just doing something as simple as taking deep breaths in and letting them out slowly and doing that over and over again throughout the coming weeks.
How about we commit to doing these things together? I’m willing to try if you are!
Thanks for meeting me here today friends,