Sing it with me … “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
Well, except for all the “finding.”
Finding what to buy for whom?
Finding time to wrap.
Finding the perfect outfit.
Finding money to pay for it all.
Finding a new place (every. single. night.) for THE ELF.
Finding. Finding. Finding.
But then there are the little things.
The little things that make the other things seem manageable.
Here are some of my favorite “little things” about the Christmas season.
On a good day, I’m lucky if my socks match (laundry is the bane of my existence). During the month of December, not only do my socks match but I get to sport fun designs – even if I am the only one who knows they are there.
DECORATING THE TREE
It’s probably one of the only activities that our five children (ages 7 – 15) willingly and enthusiastically do together. Makes my heart smile. Every year.
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS
As much as I have pleaded with friends and family to hop on the #UglyChristmasSweater party wagon, no one is interested. That said, you can imagine my delight when one of Santa’s elves surprised me with the perfect gift: a “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” themed sweater from TipsyElves.com. I’m still not invited to a party, but that won’t stop me some joining in the fun!
Yes, I’m “THAT” small dog owner…the one who dresses her “baby” in little dresses. While Rosie wasn’t cooperating during this photo shoot and you can’t tell by the way she is looking at the camera, she is wearing her Christmas dress. So cute.
THE DEACON TREE
When my father was ordained a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in May 1991, we planted a blue spruce tree on the front lawn at my parent’s house as a symbol of this milestone in our family’s life. At the time it went in the ground, the tree was just two feet high. Over the last 24 years, the tree has grown to be as tall as the house (maybe even taller!). Each year, we “officially” light it the weekend after Thanksgiving. Living next door to my parent’s house, I love seeing our very own “big tree” when I come home from work each evening. Who needs Rockefeller Center? Not us.
SEASONAL WINE GLASSES
All wine glasses are not created equal…well, not in my eyes. I am very particular about the type of glass from which I like to drink my wine. These days, my go-to choice is a stem-less glass. Even better, a festive one. Cheers, my friends.
This time of year, I love “all holiday music, all the time.”
MY FAVORITE DECORATION
Hands down, the favorite Christmas decoration I have is my “Happy Birthday Jesus” wreath that I borrowed (reads: took and won’t give back) from my mother years ago. After all, Jesus IS the reason for the season. Plus, we share the same birthday, and I think that is pretty cool.
I know things can be very overwhelming this time of year, but I hope you take the time to find joy in the little things.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.