Saturday, December 1, 2012

the truth about putting up the Christmas tree

I've already confessed on here that I can be a little bah-hum-bug about the holidays.I love almost everything about Christmas (except out-of-control consumerism and The Elf on the Shelf. Sorry! He creeps me out!) Yet I get out of sorts this time of year, too.  I  am a professional at having unrealistic expectations in some areas of life.  

For instance, we put up the tree on Thursday, and parts of the evening were not Hallmark Hall of Fame movie inspiring.  For awhile all I could think about was how, other than the tree, I only own four or five small Christmas decorations. Then that spiraled me into thinking about our small house. Then came the reminder of how after seven years I still haven't really decorated anything in our home for a few different reasons. That thought made me start feeling sad and cranky and......

And I don't want to be like that. I don't want to play the comparison game at Christmas or any other time of year.

So I'm choosing to enjoy this season for what it is and what it means to us.

I am looking forward to seeing it all from my boys' eyes - especially our three and a half year old because he is enthralled with it all.

My non-crafty-self has prepped, and we joyfully started our Advent activities this morning.  I don't have a Martha-Stewart-ish interactive calendar, but from my own head and from some ideas I spotted online, we are making things our own. I purchased Truth in the Tinsel a few weeks ago, so we did that reading and ornament. I incorporated the word of the day from that onto our hand-print wreath/Christmas countdown. We also opened a gift - The Jesus Storybook Bible - which we will also use during Advent (and beyond).

(This is our modified version of  an idea I found here)


The holidays are never perfect. Our crafts won't look like other mommies', but that's okay.  Our house isn't decked out, but my (almost) two year old is fascinated with WALKING to touch the ornaments on the tree.  (That walking thing is kind of a big deal around here.) Honestly, there are things I want to change that I can't about my circumstances. But I can always choose my attitude. Why wait for a new year to make changes?  Here we go - Merry Christmas to me!


  1. That top photo. Ohhhhhhh. Love.

    Elf on the Shelf.......I'm with you!

  2. Hahaha, I'm so with you on all the decorating and crafting and stuff. We do a tree, stockings and a fake wreath. Plenty enough. I guess not everyone can be "that mom" with the Martha Stewart holiday house. Looks like you're doing a great job - your kids are having a good time!

  3. Isn't it cool how God uses what we do with our kids to speak to us? Praying for your Christmas this year--that God shows you His great love!


  4. I cried (literally) at Garden Ridge last weekend over my lack of Christmas decorations and the lack of excitement for "getting it all out." I have huge issues with consumerism regarding Christmas, and I want to have a beautifully decorated house (my father-in-law could give Martha Stewart a run for her money in the house decorating area and that is what I have to compare myself to), but at the same time, the things I put out need to be purposeful and (for me) remind us of Jesus, and I hate spending so much money on junk that is meant to be used once and thrown away. So, I have two trees (though only one is up right now, and fairly undecorated), I am making new stockings and skirts myself, and have holiday scented candles around and that is it.

    BTW, I think Elf on the Shelf is ridiculous, as is Jingle the dog (that my 4 year old begs for every time we go past it at Target!).


  5. Such a great reminder! Thank you for your openness!!


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