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!