Where is my Christmas home tour you ask?
Well, you see, I’m not doing one this year.
That’s right. I made a conscious decision this year to chill the heck out!
It was right around the time that I started seeing Christmas décor showing up in stores well before Halloween and the little upwelling of anxiety started creeping in. Not something that necessarily makes this super fun season very fun.
It got me thinking about what I really wanted the holidays to be about, and a perfectly decorated holiday home didn’t make the list.
Neither did coming up with a bunch of new decorations, a new theme for this year, scheduling in time to go all out with our Christmas decorations, or cleaning my house so that I could take photos.
Nope. This year was not going to carry the stresses that year’s past have brought on.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful Christmas home tour as much as the next décor enthusiast, which is why I’ve done a Christmas home tour the last 2 years (you can see them here if you want: 2013 and 2014,) but this year I needed a change.
I wanted the focus this year to be on family.
So this year we didn’t put out every single Christmas decoration.
And my kid’s helped me decorate, which means that most of the ornaments on the tree are at the bottom. And the ones my 3 year old put on are literally all in a big clump cause that is where he wanted to put them. And no, I didn’t go “fix” it when he went to bed. I just let it be.
And the garland going up the stairs looks rather silly by adult standards. But the five year old who came up with the idea of how she wanted to put it up, and it turned out just like she imagined is super proud.
And we had a ton of fun putting it up together.
And instead of rushing around before Thanksgiving to get my Christmas home tour ready, we went on a 2 night stay-cation down at the bay and enjoyed playing in the sand, riding bikes and scooters, and hanging out together. Just the 4 of us.
I volunteered to bring store bought rolls to Thanksgiving dinner knowing that we’d be getting back from our little trip that morning and I didn’t want to run around like a crazy person trying to whip up the perfect recipe.
Instead, when we got home I spent the afternoon snuggling with my kiddos until it was time to head over to my aunt’s house for dinner.
And instead of making my kids get “ready” and stand still for a family photo, I took a family selfie from our little stay-cation and added it to a photo card at minted.com.
And there you have it. Our Christmas card that shows the real us. Just hanging at the beach. I didn’t even take the time to edit out the water bottle. Cause in real life people get thirsty.
And this week I turned 36 –which is crazy since in my head I’m actually only 24, but it was an awesome birthday.
And I’m pretty sure it was so awesome because I’ve let go of the expectations that come along with it.
Instead, it was pretty much a typical day of running around.
Took the kids to see Santa, had lunch in the food court at the mall at 10:45 am so that we could get my little lady to school on time. -People without kids would call this brunch, but around here it is lunch.
The car wouldn’t start, so we spent the afternoon figuring that out. Volunteered in my kid’s classroom, took her to a birthday party after school, and then met my parents for dinner.
Yep, pretty much perfect because I got to spend it with the ones I love the most.
So that’s where I’m at.
Not giving into the pressure to make it perfect. Or coming up with projects just so I have something to post here on the ol’ blog.
And I’m thinking that I’m going to carry this new mentality into 2016 because I’m just so much happier when I give myself a bit of a break and I’m way more fun.
I’m a serious go-getter, and I realize that that doesn’t always leave room to just be in the moment. And in the moment is where I want to be way more often. Keeping things simple (although it is hard for me) is a must.
So there it is. The long answer to the question “when are you going to be doing your Christmas home tour?” that I hope you can relate to and appreciate. It’s all about taking a few non essentials off of our plates so we can soak in the moments.
What’s something you are taking off of your plate this year?
A big THANK YOU to minted.com for sponsoring this post and taking our family selfie and turning it into something special to send to friends and family. You can change the text on most of their photo card templates to say something about the New Year too in case you’ve been so busy soaking in the moments that you haven’t gotten to your cards yet!