We all know that this time of year is busy, busy, busy. Of course, this year is no exception. With holiday parties, holiday work hours, a birthday for my littlest, dance recital, choir concert, deadlines, my work closing (sniff), working overtime, motherly duties and never ending housework, time just flies by. Doesn't it know that I need more time this year?
And even though my days are busy, I still wanted to approach my Christmas a bit differently this year. I'm not in any hurry this year. Simplicity was desired, if not completely needed. I cleaned out my Christmas bins and donated a trunk full of decorations that weren't loved like they should be. I only put up what I loved and didn't put it out until after the 4th of December. I completely changed my tree without spending any money. I put out my decor in different places. I made a point of making sure a Nativity was out.
My goal is not to be tired of my decorations by Christmas day. And even though there are few decorations that I know will be put away the second the day is over, I am in love with the simplicity and warmth of my home.
Walking down the stairs to the front room at night, I am greeted by this inviting, softly lit view.